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Zac Efron is Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile trailer

While seeing advertisements for any of the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL outings, 17 AGAIN or any of those other teen movies starring Zac Efron did you think that one day the heartthrob would be playing the most notorious serial killer ever, Ted Bundy, in a crazy-looking biopic? I sure didn’t, but here we are in the year of our Lord 2019 and we now have the first trailer for EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE, the new movie about the life of Bundy and the lies he told to his family while on his killing spree.

The movie is getting its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival after what seems like forever ago that news dropped Efron would be playing the famous (and infamously handsome) killer. Now the trailer is here, and it certainly isn’t what I was expecting. What I thought would be an intense, dark true crime movie is being sold almost like a black comedy, set to the pace of something like AMERICAN MADE. In short, it looks utterly bonkers and like an excellent showcase for the cast, most of all Efron. Bundy was an eccentric, charismatic figure, so this approach makes sense in the scheme of things and makes for a movie that looks really, really entertaining and enlightening.

Directed by Joe Berlinger, the movie tells the story from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lilly Collins, as she is forced to look back at the man she loved and try to make sense of their life together.  Also starring in the movie are Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment and John Malkovich.

Here’s the synopsis:

1969. Ted (Zac Efron) is crazy-handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. And cautious single mother Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins) ultimately cannot resist his charms. For her, Ted is a match made in heaven, and she soon falls head over heels in love with the dashing young man. A picture of domestic bliss, the happy couple seems to have it all figured out … until, out of nowhere, their perfect life is shattered. Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. Concern soon turns to paranoia—and, as evidence piles up, Liz is forced to consider that the man with whom she shares her life could actually be a psychopath.

Our own Chris Bumbray and Paul Shirey will be at Sundance this year, so stay tuned for any review for the movie soon!

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