Evan Peters set to play serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in new Netflix series

The American Horror Story star will reportedly play Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy's upcoming series

Evan Peters attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Dark Phoenix" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 04, 2019 in Hollywood, California
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Evan Peters will play one of history's most notorious serial killers in the upcoming Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Deadline reports. (Netflix is yet to confirm the casting.)

Ryan Murphy's new limited series was announced in October last year, and will reportedly centre on how the crimes were allowed to continue for so long, rather than the specifics of the actual murders.

The 10-part story will reportedly be told from the point of view of Dahmer's victims, as well as exploring how white privilege played a part in the killer's lenient treatment before he was finally convicted. 

As well as Peters, the series will also star Niecy Nash as Dahmer's neighbour – who tried to report his suspicious behaviour multiple times without success – and Penelope Ann Miller and Richard Jenkins as his parents. Meanwhile Shaun J Brown will play the man who escaped from Dahmer and ultimately led police to finally arrest him.

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The gruesome murders involved rape, necrophilia and cannibalism. Pleading insanity, the court found Dahmer sane and guilty on 15 counts of murder and he was sentenced to 15 life terms, the equivalent of 957 years in prison

Jeffrey Dahmer

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What else is Evan Peters known for?

Perhaps Evan Peters biggest role to date is Quicksilver, aka Peter Maximoff, in the X-Men movie franchise. Fans were delighted when he seemingly reprised his role for WandaVision, despite the character being played by another actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (but that's a whole other story).

Peters has also played several characters in almost every season of American Horror Story, as well as businessman Stan Powes in the first season of Pose. Having proven his range over the years, we're sure he'll do this next role justice.

Who was Jeffrey Dahmer? 

Also known as the 'Milwaukee Monster', Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer who killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of his crimes also involved dismemberment and cannibalism. 

Dahmer was sentenced to 15 life sentences in prison, but died in jail in 1994 after being attacked by another inmate, just two years into his sentence. 

Do we have a release date for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

There's no word yet on a release date for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story just yet, but filming will take place this year, according to Radio Times. The series' IMDB page currently lists its USA release date as 2021.

Watch this space for more as we get it.

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