No stranger to macabre characters, actor Evan Peters is embodying certainly one of historical past’s most infamous serial killers for a brand new TV sequence.
The “American Horror Story” star performs the title function in “Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” due out subsequent week. On Friday, Netflix unveiled the primary trailer for the 10-episode sequence, displaying a chilling change between Peters’ Dahmer and neighbor Glenda Cleveland, portrayed by Niecy Nash.
“Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is co-created by Ryan Murphy, who stated he aimed to “shine a spotlight on the as-yet untold stories of Dahmer’s victims, the people who tried to stop him, and the systemic failures that enabled him to continue his murderous spree for over a decade.”
Different actors set to look within the sequence embody Richard Jenkins, Michael Realized and Molly Ringwald.
The Wisconsin-born Dahmer, alternately often known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal” and the “Milwaukee Monster,” murdered and dismembered 17 males and boys from 1978 to 1991. He additionally dedicated necrophilia and cannibalism on a number of of his victims, a lot of whom had been individuals of coloration and a few underage.
View the trailer for “Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” beneath.
Convicted of 16 murders, Dahmer died in 1994 at age 34 after being overwhelmed by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at Wisconsin’s Columbia Correctional Establishment.
Dahmer’s life and crimes have impressed numerous documentaries, together with a number of films and a stage play. The 2002 horror movie “Dahmer” starred Jeremy Renner within the title function, whereas Disney Channel actor Ross Lynch portayed the serial killer throughout his teen years in 2017’s “My Friend Dahmer,” based mostly on John “Derf” Backderf’s graphic novel of the identical identify.
However “Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” differs from earlier dramatizations in that it views the case via the topical lens of white privilege. Every of the episodes zooms in on an occasion the place Dahmer ― described in press notes as “a clean-cut, good-looking white guy” ― was given a free go by lenient cops and judges.
In a video interview for Netflix, Peters stated taking part in Dahmer was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
“It was so jaw-dropping that it all really happened,” he defined. “I wanted it to be very authentic, but in order to do that, I was going to have to go to really dark places and stay there for an extended period of time.”
Noting that “everybody gets their side of the story told,” Peters added, “It’s how society and our system failed to stop him multiple times because of racism, homophobia. It’s just a tragic story.”
“Dahmer ― Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” hits Netflix Sept. 21.