Netflix has released the official trailer for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Ryan Murphy’s upcoming true crime limited drama starring Emmy winner Evan Peters as the titular serial killer. The series will be available for streaming on September 21.
The video provides us with a preview of Peters’ transformation into a ruthless killer who murdered and defiled seventeen teen boys and young men for years. It highlights a concerned neighbor’s suspicions about Dahmer’s secret activities in his apartment as her calls for police intervention are ignored.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is expected to dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series will also touch on the subject of white privilege, as Dahmer — a clean-cut, good-looking white man — was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.
Joining Peters are Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), Penelope Ann Miller (American Crime), Shaun J. Brown (Run), and Colin Ford (Daybreak), as well as Oscar winner Richard Jenkins.
“Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely took the lives of seventeen innocent victims,” reads the synopsis. “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.”
Monster is co-created and executive produced by longtime collaborators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, with Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) and Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood) set as writers and directors. It will be produced by Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun of Ryan Murphy Prods. and Scott Robertson, with David McMillan and Rashad Johnson of Color of Change set as supervising producers.
Dahmer’s story has been adapted several times now with Jeremy Renner, Ross Lynch, Carl Crew, and Rusty Sneary previously portraying the infamous serial killer.