Zac Efron to Play Notorious Serial Rapist and Killer Ted Bundy

Posted 2017/05/15 0 0

Zac Efron will play Ted Bundy in the upcoming thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.


After a few years spent as a teenage heartthrob,  and a few more years spent revamping his image in movies like Neighbors and Baywatch as everyone’s favorite ‘sex idiot’,  it looks like Efron is gearing up to pivot yet-again into the dramatic stage of his career. The 29-year-old actor will play Ted Bundy in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, THR reports. The script reportedly takes place from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Ted Bundy‘s longtime girlfriend who ended up turning him into the police.

Bundy was described as attractive and charming, characteristics that factored into him committing at least 30 confessed homicides across seven states up until his capture in 1978. (The actual victim total remains unknown.) While awaiting trial on murder charges in 1975, the Vermont native escaped from prison twice. During this time, Bundy committed additional assaults, which included three murders. He ultimately received three death sentences, and was executed 1989.

Producer Nicolas Chartier described Efron as the "perfect" actor to take on the role, telling Deadline, "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."

“I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time,” Chartier said. “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.”

Extremely Wicked will be directed by documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory). Principal photography is set to begin this October, aiming for a release sometime in late-2018. The screenplay is by Michael Werwie, a Hollywood newcomer whose Ted Bundy script earned him Nicholl Fellowship prize and made the 2012 Black List, an annual list that names the best-unproduced scripts in the industry. In previous years, 500 Days of Summer and Juno were on the Black List and were produced after word of mouth spread. Both were critical and financial successes and kickstarted the careers of Marc Webb and Diablo Cody.

Ted Bundy has been the subject of dozens of films, documentaries and books. The most notable is Matthew Bright’s 2002 biopic Ted Bundy, which was an exploitational take on Bundy’s crimes. The A&E TV movie The Riverman from 2004 focused on former police detective Robert Keppel working with an incarcerated Bundy to catch the Green River killer. Keppel and Bundy’s relationship would go on to inform the creation of Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs.