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Zac Efron Playing Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

From the director of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2!

Zac Efron may be funny and super handsome, but up next he’s going to have to flex a whole new set of acting muscles in director Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In the upcoming film, reports THR, Efron will be playing Ted Bundy, one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. Bundy claimed 30+ victims throughout the 1970s.

The film will be “told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend 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 murders.”

Michael Werwie penned the script. Filming is set to begin on October 9.



  • Daniel Anderson

    Oh, so its a remake?

    Much like how Zombies holloween was considered a remake, it had his own flavor.

  • This could actually be a decent casting decision. Efron has had some decent dramatic roles in some independent films, and Bundy was most notorious for the level of charm he exuded that helped him to get away with his crimes for as long as he did. I can picture Efron being able to do both charming and disturbing. This could be a break out role for him.

    • MaryMaria

      Yeah, I don’t get the hate. I’m impartial to Efron, but maybe folks don’t see him as anything but High School Musical boy. I’m intrigued and think it could be interesting.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    what is this a ” Lifetime ” made for tv movie ?

  • Toni Taylor

    Here’s my issues. Zac Efron is not Ted Bundy. I am highly knowledgeable on killers. Bundy has always and will always be the one that makes me think. I have read every book on him, watched every interview. Everything, you name it. Efron doesn’t even have the same body build as Bundy. I get that he is a Hollywood name, but there are many others that would have fit the bill. Also, this is not a remake. Bundy’s long time girlfriend Liz Kloepfer is not Anne Rule. Rule was never with Bundy, she worked with him at the suicide hotline. Kloepfer was the one Bundy confessed to and she is the one who turned him in. I really hope the writer of the script at least got all his facts correct.
    This could be a good movie if done correctly, but I doubt it will happen.

    • Sweet Reaper

      100% Agree with everything you said. I’m not going to automatically assume that Efrons performance will suck or that the movie won’t be good but he really doesn’t fit the Ted Bundy archetype. Personally, I think that Michael Fassbender would make an excellent Bundy and have been hoping for years that there would be a bigger budget movie about him, not just those direct to video or made for tv ones. So far the best portrayal of Ted Bundy I’ve seen was by Carey Elwes in a movie called The Riverman (2004) if you haven’t seen it I recommend it, if only for his performance.

      • Vesuvian Villain

        I second the idea of a Fassbundy. Fits the physique and the acting would be a sure thing.

        • Toni Taylor

          It’s not even so much the body build but the acting. Efron is like 5’7 or something. He is going to have to go to pretty dark places to play Bundy the correct way. Much like Nicklson and Ledger did with the Joker. I just don’t think he has this in him. Can someone tell me a good movie, a really good movie he’s been in that isn’t a comedy?
          And the Title…ugh. Do we really need one that long?

          • The Paperboy was a really decent drama/suspense film that Efron had a lead in. I’ve also heard good things about Parkland and At Any Price, though I haven’t had a chance to see either of those yet.

          • Toni Taylor

            I’m not saying I won’t watch it. But if you want to make a movie from the views of his long time girlfriend Liz, then you need someone who can go to that dark spot.
            Yes, I’ve heard good things about The Paperboy but he also had amazingly talented actors beside him. He didn’t have the sole lead.

          • Not necessarily defending the casting decision. Just offering examples of dramatic roles like you asked.

            Oh, and RKO 287: The Battle Over Citizen Kane.

            The point is that he has played dramatic roles. They’ve been in much smaller films than the broader comedies he’s done, so they haven’t had as much notice. Comedy can be pretty rough to play though. Comedic actors don’t often get the respect they deserve because people tend to think that funny is really easy to do.

            This could go either way. He might nail it and finally get some more respect as a “legit” actor, or he might bomb. More likely (in my opinion at last), is that hell do a solid job with it, but it will be a small enough release that it won’t go noticed. We’ll see what the studio does with it. So far, it seems the majority of the dramatic roles he’s laded have been in movies that were destined for smaller audiences–art houses, DTV, pay cable, etc. If it’s the Blair Witch 2 producer doing this, I’m thinking it’s not aiming for marquees and multiplexes.

          • lincoln sinclair

            I’m a little surprised that you’re so eager to be taken to that dark spot. You say you’ve read the books so you know how dark it gets. I tried to read one once but I have a daughter approaching the age of most of his victims and I couldn’t handle it. I certainly have no desire to see a visual representation of crimes that repugnant.

          • Toni Taylor

            I’m saying as the actor you need to go to a dark spot to become the character you play. It’s what 99% of actors do.
            We as people are horrible. The fact that he did what he did doesn’t surprise me, especially given his background. There are still active serial killers around the world doing things 10 times worse than Bundy did, and sadly to younger victims. I have devoted countless hours studying the minds of serial killers. So long story short, nothing shocks me anymore.

          • Wes Nichols

            Me and Orson wells. He is fantastic in it. The paperboy is another good one he is in.

  • guest

    the zac efron part doesnt sound right.

    • Forca84

      Almost sounds like a joke. But it’s not April Fools.

  • Dr. Acula

    they make a movie about a guy who killed 30+ (according to wikipedia) people, and tortured them slowly to death and everyones excited for it.. but if they made a movie about Columbine where 13 people died (less and instantly from gun shot blasts) people would boycott it and scream and cry lol what a world we live in.

  • MadCows

    I’m interested, but I bet that title gets changed.

  • Galaxy_Scribe

    God I wish this was an April Fool’s joke

  • dukeblues

    Crazy as it may sound, Efron is not a bad actor. He just plays bad parts. And no, I am not a 14 year old girl

    • Graham

      I agree. He’s mostly been in bad movies where he plays the same type of character over and over, but that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily a bad actor. I’m interested to see how he does with this kind of material.

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    • Jarrett Hensley

      He’s said himself he regrets the high school musical days, he’s definitely got a set image and that’s why he regrets it because he is a great actor but it’s hard to prove that when all anyone sees you as is a star in a musical designed for 13 year olds.

  • Hayden Koutras

    Before anyone hates, i say give it a chance. Zac Efron fits the role, i mean the whole reason Bundy got away with it was because of how charming and safe he looked. Here’s hoping he can pull off sadistic and get super method with the acting for it. Lots of potential here.

    • Otterlee

      Elijah Wood is so good at it he gives me chills. Yes, Frodo. The possibility is there.

  • REC03

    his face looks kinda like Bundy’s tbh. hopefully he cuts down on the bodybuilding though. i’ll give him a chance before judging.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Will never fly. He simply isn’t a good actor to pull this off. The whole premise sounds very B mivie anyways. And that title..

  • Evan3

    “Zac Efron may be funny and super handsome” I’m sorry, but in what universe are these things remotely true? That said, he certainly does resemble Bundy, which kinda freaks me out.

  • Michael Hill

    I’d rather watch my cat shit down Hilary Clinton’s throat.

    • uriah369

      I’d like to see that also.

  • Fredrik Johansen

    I really liked the previous Ted Bundy film. Especially the tagline: “The Boogie nights of serial killer flicks” =)

  • Otterlee

    My husband’s immediate response on hearing the headline, “So they’re making a new “Married with Children”? I love that man.

  • Jon Leonard

    I have a feeling he is going to completely shock everyone with this movie. 🙂

  • James

    Is it going to be released theatrically? That would be a first in a while for a serial killer thriller such as this.

  • HalesTales

    I’m game. I think Efron’s got the look down and he’ll do the work to make a good Bundy.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Wait the guy who directed book of shadows is still directing films? Ummmm…..

  • Edwina Gein

    What’s up with former Disney channel stars playing serial killers? Ross Lynch played Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer recently

  • Bluegrasslass

    You mean “Grisly” murders.

  • Marcus Jaque’

    When nice people play real life monsters its pretty rare when people can look past that one character, especially if you don’t need to change your look for the role, though I wouldn’t count Charlize Theron because she was unrecognizable after putting on all the extra weight. Mark Harmon played Bundy in a made for tv movie and it was years before folks saw him as anything other than Ted Bundy. When I say other than Ted Bundy I mean that people literally saw him as the serial killer because he actually pulled off such an amazing performance. When I saw Summer School a year or two after the tv movie, basically a teen comedy, all I saw was Ted Bundy teaching kids and planning his next victim. Just because as an actor you want to show people that you can pull off something other than “the frat guy” doesn’t mean you need to stall your career for a decade if you happen to pull it off a once in a lifetime performance. Ya never know though, I could be wrong…. it happened once…..

  • maggotymat

    so his girlfriend turned him in to the police……..REALLY!!!!!

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