Michael Chernus to Portray John Wayne Gacy in Peacock’s Limited Series ‘Devil in Disguise’

Michael Chernus will lead Peacock’s upcoming limited drama series, “Devil in Disguise John Wayne Gacy” as the harrowing serial killer

Published Time: 20.06.2024 - 23:31:22 Modified Time: 20.06.2024 - 23:31:22

Michael Chernus will lead Peacock’s upcoming limited drama series, “Devil in Disguise: John Wayne Gacy” as the harrowing serial killer.

“I’m both excited and humbled by this opportunity. The direction that the writers are taking with this project is important, focusing on the victims and their families as well as those who finally brought John Wayne Gacy to justice,” says Chernus. “While Gacy was the perpetrator of these horrific crimes, I’m relieved that he won’t be the main focus of the series. It’s heartbreaking for me to think of what his victims (all young men and boys) could have done with their lives had the system not failed them so tragically. I believe in the power of storytelling and hope that by telling this story, in a thoughtful way, we can play some part in preventing this from ever happening again.”

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Chernus currently plays Dr. Ricken Lazlo Hale in Apple TV+’s “Severance” and will next appear in Disney+’s feature, “Out of My Mind.” His TV credits include “Dead Ringers,” “Easy,” “Orange is the NewBlack,” “Carol & the End of the World,” -

“Ramy” and “Tommy.”

Inspired by the 2021 Peacock docuseries, “John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise,” the limited series is produced by UCP. Per the official logline, the series “peels back the twisted layers of Gacy’s life while weaving in the heartrending stories of his mostly gay victims; exploring the grief, guilt, and trauma of their families and friends; and exposing the systemic failures, missed opportunities and societal prejudices that fueled his reign of terror.”

Between 1972 and 1978, Gacy murdered at least 33 young men and boys near Chicago, Illinois, “and no one was the wiser,” the series description reads. “Not for all those years. Why? He was charming and funny. Had a good, All-American job. Was a community leader. He even volunteered to entertain sick kids… while dressed as a clown.”

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