No stranger to terrifying characters, actor Evan Peters is enlisting one of the most infamous serial killers in history for a new TV series.
The “American Horror Story” star plays the title role in next week’s “Dahmer a Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” On Friday, Netflix unveiled the first trailer for the 10-episode series, which featured a chilling exchange between Peters Dahmer and neighbor Glenda Cleveland, portrayed by Neecy Nash.
“Dahmer a Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is co-produced by Ryan Murphy, who said he aims to “shine a spotlight on the as-yet-told stories of Dahmer’s victims, the people trying to stop them, and the systemic failures that led to them. enabled them to continue their murderous spree for more than a decade.”
Other actors appearing in the series include Richard Jenkins, Michael Learned and Molly Ringwald.
The Wisconsin-born Dahmer, who is known alternately as the “Milwaukee Cannibal” and the “Milwaukee Monster,” murdered and maimed 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991. He also carried out necrophilia and cannibalism on many of his victims, many of whom were men. colored and somewhat younger.
Watch the trailer for “Dahmer a Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” below.
Convicted of 16 murders, Dahmer died in 1994 at the age of 34 after being beaten up by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.
Dahmer’s life and crimes have inspired countless documentaries as well as numerous films and a stage play. The 2002 horror film “Dahmer” starred Jeremy Renner in the title role, while Disney Channel actor Ross Lynch portrayed a serial killer during his teen years in 2017’s “My Friend Dahmer” in the graphic of the same name by John “Derf” Backdurf. Based on the novel. ,
But “Dahmer a Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” differs from previous plays in that it looks at the matter through the topical lens of white privilege. Each episode zooms in on an instance where Dahmer—described in press notes as “a clean, good-looking white man”—was given a free pass by benevolent cops and judges.
In a video interview for Netflix, Peters said playing Asphalt was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.”
“It was so jaw-dropping that it all actually happened,” he explained. “I wanted it to be very authentic, but to do that, I had to go to really dark places and be there for a long time.”
Noting that “everyone is told their side of the story,” Peters said, “that’s how society and our system failed to stop him many times because of racism, homophobia. It’s just a sad story.”
“Dahmer a Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” hits Netflix September 21.