Zac Efron is a Ted Bundy to die for in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.


Tony Sokol

Jan 17, 2018

“Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or harmful people, but it’s not practical,” serial killer Ted Bundy once said. “There are no stereotypes.” Zac Efron as Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. The film is told from the point of view of Elizabeth Kloepfer, the woman who ultimately got Bundy arrested, who will be played by Lily Collins.

When Disney stars go bad  they take it seriously. “Meet Ted,” Efron wrote as shared a first look as his newest incarnation as the dashing young serial killer on Twitter.

Directed by Joe Berlinger, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will tell the story of Bundy, who killed more than 30 people in the 1970s, through the eyes of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. She defended Bundy for a long time, until she turned him in. 

Bundy’s live-in lover Elizabeth told police about the strange things she saw, including crutches, a meat cleaver, surgical gloves, a sack full of women’s clothing and the plaster of Paris masks he used to lure victims on his murder spree.

Collins was nominated for Best Actress Golden Globe for her role in Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply. She recently starred in Okja on Netflix. 

Berlinger co-directed the Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills documentaries with the late Bruce Sinofsky, and Metallica: Some Kind Of MonsterBrother’s Keeper and  Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger. He recently directed the recent documentary Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.

The Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile screenplay was written by Michael Werwie.

The film will be produced by Nicolas Chartier and Ara Keshishian Voltage films alongside Costigan for COTA Films, and Efron’s Ninjas Runnin’ Wild banner will produce alongside Michael Simkin and Jason Barrett. Werwie and Jonathan Deckter will be executive producing.

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

 “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,” co-producer Michael Costigan (Ghost in the Shell, Out of the Furnace) , said in a statement. “We think in the vein of Nightcrawler or even The Jinx, we are making a psychological thriller that will resonate deeply with audiences.”

Efron will next be seen in Paramount’s upcoming comedy Baywatch, which stars Dwayne Johnson. He will also star with Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams in The Greatest Showman.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will start principal photography on  October 9.