Evan Peters (AHS, Wandavision) is set to play the title character in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a limited series coming to Netflix, reports deadline.com.
Monster tells the story of one of the most notorious serial killers in history: Jeffrey Dahmer (Evan Peters) who murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys from 1978 to 1991. Most of these crimes involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the preservation of body parts. Dahmer was ultimately convicted of sixteen murders. He was beaten to death by an inmate in 1994.
Unlike the 2007 drama My Friend Dahmer, starring Ross Lynch, where viewers experience the horrific tale through Dahmer’s perspective, in Monster the story is told through the perspective of the victims as well as taking a deep dive into the police incompetency and apathy that allowed the killing spree to go on. The series dramatizes at least ten instances where the police apprehended Dahmer but ended up setting him free. Was it white privilege that allowed Dahmer to get a free pass? Did is clean-cut, good-looking white man status allow him to be judged more leniently? These are some of the questions that Monster attempts to tackle. As opposed to the numerous other Dahmer films and series, Monster take a more psychological approach and focuses on how the murders went unsolved for over a decade.
Carl Franklin is directing the pilot episode. The two-executive producers are Murphy and Brennan with writers being Brennan, Janet Mock, and David McMillan, who serves as supervising producer. Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, a racial justice project, also serves as supervising producer. Executive producers are Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun, with Scott Robertson is a co-producer.