On “American Horror Story,” Evan Peters set his mom’s boyfriend on fire, shot up his high school library, and, as a ghost, fathered a child (who turned out to the the Antichrist) with his girlfriend’s mom (season 1, Murder House). He’s accused of skinning women alive and abducted by aliens (season 2, Asylum). He died prematurely, to be pieced together by witches and re-animated Frankenstein-style (season 3, Coven). As Lobster Boy, he’s accused of murder and duped into having his claw hands removed, supposedly to fund his defense (season 4, Freak Show).
Peters gained the public eye that first season as doe-eyed Tate, the most evil of his “AHS” incarnations and still the most beloved of rabid fans. But until now, Peters never appeared in a horror movie. His film credits include small roles in the teeny-bop “Sleepover” and off-beat superhero flick “Kick-Ass.” He moved on to a major role in the quirky indie-romance “Adult World,” where he met fiancée Emma Roberts, and eventually landed a small but memorable role as Quicksilver in the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Not just memorable. Really the coolest part of the movie. Click here to watch.)
This week Peters wets his feet in horror film with the opening of “The Lazarus Effect,” which stars Olivia Wilde as Zoe, a medical researcher. While her team (including Peters) investigates raising the dead – “Flatliners” style – she’s accidentally killed, and they decide to resurrect her, despite the procedure’s highly experimental status. The Biblical title necessitates a parallel, but this is not Jesus’ Lazarus — instead an exploration of humans using science to play God (and all that stuff). So Zoe’s rebirth brings unexpected and quite possibly lethal effects.
In a weird, less than six degrees of separation, Wilde’s fiancé Jason Sudeikis appeared with Peter’s fiancée Roberts in 2013’s “We’re the Millers.” And despite rumors about relationship problems, no real trouble’s been confirmed between Peters and Roberts since the Canadian hotel room incident prior to their engagement. Her Instagram to him for his 28th birthday last month read, “Happy birthday to the coolest guy I know,” with this pic of her giving him a smooch. Too cute.
Besides “Lazarus,” what’s ahead for Peters? A lot! Indie flick “Safelight,” finally slated for release later this year, stars Peters as a young man with cerebral palsy who teams up with a runaway prostitute (Juno Temple) to photograph California lighthouses. Click here to watch the trailer. And, since he’s the only male to land a pivotal role in every season of “American Horror Story” so far, chances are he’ll be back for season 5, whatever that may be. For speculations, click here.
Also, Peters plays Dwight Chapin, Deputy Assistant to Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) during the Watergate era, in the upcoming “Elvis & Nixon.” Michael Shannon plays the King, who wants to become an agent and pleads his case from the White House lawn, with the story based on a real meeting between the two men. (Click here for a pic Spacey and Shannon as Nixon and Presley, respectively.) Filming began last month with an expected release in 2016.
Peters will reprise the role of Quicksilver in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” with filming to begin in April and a scheduled May 2016 release date. He’s also cast to star with Roberts again in actor Oz Perkins’ (Anthony’s son) directorial debut, the horror/thriller “February,” alongside Kiernan Shipka. According to Deadline:
The film follows a trio of young women: Beautiful and haunted Joan (Roberts), who makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school, where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, terrifying visions begin plaguing Kat while Rose watches in horror as she becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.
Earlier articles in this 8 part series:
- Part 1 – Who is Evan Peters?
- Part 2 – Life before ‘American Horror Story’
- Part 3 – Tate Langdon, the devil you want to know
- Part 4 – Kit Walker, hero
- Part 5 – You mean he doesn’t really love Violet?
- Part 6 – Onscreen with his sweetheart
- Part 7 – Coven, X-Men and ‘Safelight’