Zac Efron to play Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Zac Efron Ted Bundy

Over the past few years Zac Efron has pumping out the comedies, such as NEIGHBORS, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, DIRTY GRANDPA and the upcoming BAYWATCH, but it seems that Efron is ready for something different as he's signed on to play one of the world's most notorious serial killers in EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE.

Zac Efron will play Ted Bundy in the film, which is to be directed by Joe Berlinger and will be told through the perspective of Bundy's longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, "who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly crimes." Certainly a change of pace for the BATWATCH actor. Throughout the 70's, and possibly earlier, Ted Bundy assaulted and murdered many young women and girls. It's not clear just how many victims can be attributed to Bundy, but shorty before his execution he confessed to thirty homicides. Charming fellow. Production on EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE is set to get underway this October.

"I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time," said producer Nicolas Chartier. "From his dramatic turn in ‘Paperboy’  to his hilarious performance in ‘Neighbors,’ he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn’t be more excited to see him in this amazing role." Fellow producer Michael Costigan praised the script by Michael Werwie and added that "Zac is perfect casting, as he can play both the depth and the charm that this guy had in equal measures, and which allowed him to manipulate these women in such a terrifying way. We think in the vein of Nightcrawler or even The Jinx, we are making a psychological thriller that will resonate deeply with audiences."

BAYWATCH is set to hit theaters on May 25th.

Source: THR



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