Accustomed to macabre characters, actor Evan Peters embodies one of the most notorious serial killers in history for a new television series.
The ‘American Horror Story’ star plays the title role in ‘Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, to be published next week. On Friday, Netflix unveiled the first trailer for the 10-episode series, showing a chilling exchange between Peters’ Dahmer and his neighbor Glenda Cleveland, played by Niecy Nash.
“Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is co-created by Ryan Murphy, who said it aimed to “shed light on the yet-untold stories of Dahmer’s victims, the people who tried to stop him, and the systemic failures that allowed him to continue his killing spree for more than a decade”.
Other actors slated to appear on the show include Richard Jenkins, Michael Learned, and Molly Ringwald.
Dahmer, born in Wisconsin, alternately known as “Milwaukee Cannibal” and “Milwaukee Monster”, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991. He also committed necrophilia and cannibalism on several of his victims, many of whom were people of color and some minors.
Watch the trailer for “Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” below.
Convicted of 16 murders, Dahmer died in 1994 at age 34 after being beaten by Christopher Scarvera fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.
Dahmer’s life and crimes have inspired countless documentaries, as well as several films and a play. The 2002 horror film “Dahmerfeatured Jeremy Renner in the title role, while Disney Channel actor Ross Lynch portrayed the serial killer during his teenage years in 2017.My friend Dahmer,” based on John “Derf” Backderf graphic novel of the same name.
But “Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” differs from previous dramatizations in that it views the case through the topical lens of white privilege. Each of the episodes zooms into an instance where Dahmer ― described in press notes as “a clean, handsome white man” – was given a free pass by lenient cops and judges.
In a video interview for Netflix, Peters said playing Dahmer was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life”.
“It was so mind-blowing that it all really happened,” he explained. “I wanted it to be very authentic, but to do that I was going to have to go to very dark places and stay there for a long time.”
Noting that “everyone is told their side of the story”, stone added“That’s how society and our system failed to stop it many times because of racism, homophobia. It’s just a tragic story.
“Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” hits Netflix on September 21.