Say what you want about Zac Efron, but the former High School Musical star is certainly trying his best to reinvent himself in Hollywood and become a bonafide leading man in the process. Since his days of being nothing more than a pretty face, he’s gone on to give some impressive performances in films like Neighbors and its equally enjoyable sequel, among others. And while his efforts aren’t always hits critically or commercially, he has shown considerable growth as an actor since first breaking onto the scene.
Now, after much R-rated humor and shenanigans, it looks like Efron is finally ready to try his hand at something a bit darker and more sinister, as he’s all set to star in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Joe Berlinger’s psychological thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy. Based on the Black List script from Michael Werwie, we now have our first look at the actor in the role, as he shared this behind the scenes shot on his Twitter account earlier this week.
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Described as being in the vein of Nightcrawler and The Jinx, there will also be a meaty female role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, as the story will actually be told through the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer – who eventually turned him into the police. She’ll be played by Lily Collins and joining them is John Malkovich, portraying Judge Edward Cowart.
We’ll be bringing you more on Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as it continues to carry on through its production, but in the meantime, tell us, are you excited to see Zac Efron shifting gears here to play Ted Bundy? Let us know in the usual place.