Based on the graphic novel of the same title, My Neighbor Dahmer tells the true story of what it was like growing up attending high school with the eponymous serial killer. Written by Derf Backderf and adapted for the big screen by director Marc Meyers, the film explores the adolescence of the troubled individual who would grow up to be one of the world's most notorious murderers.
In a new, stylish trailer for the film, Dahmer (played by a dead-eyed Ross Lynch) can be seen exploring some of his darker proclivities amid unwarranted outbursts at school. Backderf (played by Alex Wolff) observes him cautiously as his life appears on the edge of a breakdown. Anne Heche and Dallas Roberts round out the cast as Dahmer's terrified, conservative parents.
Check out the teaser, below:
“I play Jeffrey Dahmer around his high school years," Lynch said to Entertainment Weekly. "[It’s about] how he became the serial killer that we know him to be. I was looking for a role that would somewhat be a challenge for me. I had done a lot of work with Disney, and sort of a younger demographic, and I was excited to do something that maybe people didn’t expect from me. And I had a really good time doing it.”
The film originally debuted at the 2017 Tribecca Film Festival. It is set for a limited theatrical release this fall.