Zac Efron to Play ‘Extremely Wicked’ Ted Bundy
Zac Efron made his name in frothy teenage fare. Since his departure from the ranks of the Disney Channel elite, he has grown along with his original audience into more adult fare. From Neighbors to this month’s Baywatch, Efron has recently been making his name in comedies, with a few dramatic turns here and there. This most recent casting announcement, though, will be his darkest turn to date.
EOnline reports that Efron has been cast as the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Efron should do well in the role, unfortunately having more than a passing resemblance to the murderer. Bundy was said to be attractive and charming, which assisted him when it came to choosing victims. In a departure from the other biopics on the subject, this will be told from the point of view of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who eventually turned him in.
Bundy has been the topic of numerous biographies and films. The most definitive bio was by crime writer Ann Rule, who worked alongside him at a suicide crisis center, never suspecting a thing. She turned that experience into the bestseller The Stranger Beside Me, which has previously been adapted into a film. According to Wikipedia, Bundy escaped from prison twice to commit more crimes. Before being executed by electric chair in Florida in 1989, he confessed to thirty murders and sexual assaults in seven different states. They think the number could be higher, and law enforcement agencies are still using his blood to clear crimes.
The screenplay is by Michael Werwie. The director is prolific documentarian Joe Berlinger, who directed the Paradise Lost trilogy about the West Memphis Three that helped them gain their freedom. Production begins in October, and, aside from Zac Efron, so far there’s no other casting news. I just hope they eventually change that awful title.