When I heard that they had signed Zac Efron to portray Ted Bundy – I was a bit leary but after laying eyes on the trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile below – I am leary no more.
In the film, Ted (Zac Efron) is crazy-handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. And cautious single mother Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins) ultimately cannot resist his charms. For her, Ted is a match made in heaven, and she soon falls head over heels in love with the dashing young man. A picture of domestic bliss, the happy couple seems to have it all figured out … until, out of nowhere, their perfect life is shattered. Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. Concern soon turns to paranoia—and, as evidence piles up, Liz is forced to consider that the man with whom she shares her life could actually be a psychopath. This is the story of Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time. Collins shines as Liz, while Zac Efron gives a performance that could redefine his career. Renowned filmmaker Joe Berlinger, best known for his true-crime documentaries, proves to be the perfect match to bring this Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile true story to the screen. Director: Joe Berlinger Stars: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich.
No release date is mentioned – we just get the old fan favorite “coming soon” but – this trailer seems to be raising some eyebrows and here’s hoping they do what they need to do and get this one out quick.
Just a bit of a side note – the film also marks Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a supporting role – almost worth it just for that.