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 â€¦ 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 paranoiaâ€”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.