With his beefcake role in the summer beach comedy Baywatch about to hit theaters, grown-up Disney star Zac Efon has signed on to play notorious sexual sadist and serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming fact-based drama, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger is set to direct. Berlinger is best known for his landmark Paradise Lost true-crime documentaries about the West Memphis Three.
Extremely Wicked recounts the shocking Bundy saga through the eyes of Elizabeth Kloepfer, the murderer’s longtime girlfriend who spent years proclaiming her partner’s innocence before ultimately turning him in to the authorities.
The script by newcomer Michael Werwie focuses largely on how Bundy used his striking good looks and larger-than-life charisma to both perpetrate and cover up dozens of horrific rapes, murders, and other grotesque transgressions.
Extremely Wicked is proving to be one of the hottest properties being shopped around the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and is expected to go into production later this year. Meanwhile, another Disney star, Ross Lynch, is portraying the young Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer, which started showing in festivals last month.
Before Efron brings Bundy to psychotic cinematic life, the former High School Musical heartthrob will costar in The Greatest Showman, a splashy song-and-dance spectacle, alongside Hugh Jackman. Extremely Wicked is not expected to include show tunes or choreographed production numbers.
Main photos: Zac Efron and Ted Bundy [Wikipedia]