First photo of Zac Efron as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy is released

First photo of Zac Efron as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy is released

I, like many others, first saw Zac Efron in High School Musical. It wasn't exactly my kind of thing, so I mostly ignored it, but it undoubtedly took the world by storm with its two sequels. Efron then went on to star in a variety of other projects, but his latest role is completely removed from what we expect to see him in.

Since High School Musical, Efron has managed to transform from teenage heartthrob to something more adult, with appearances in various adult comedies such as Neighbors and Baywatch, with more serious turns in films such as The Paperboy and The Greatest Showman. But even his most loyal fans might have raised an eyebrow when they heard he was going to play the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy.

Bundy was the topic of many headlines in the 70s as the serial killer, rapist and necrophile assaulted numerous young women and girls across the decade. By time he was caught in 1978, he had apparently killed 30 women between 1974 and 1978, but many believe the total number could be much higher.

He was arrested for kidnapping and attempted criminal assault in 1975, but managed to escape from jail twice. While on the run, he carried out further assaults and three more murders before his recapture, at which point he was given three death sentences, eventually executed via electric chair in 1989.

ted bundy Credit: Florida Police

One thing Bundy was reportedly known for, surprisingly, was his charm and success with women, who he often seduced before he killed. Which might explain exactly why the filmmakers chose Efron for the role, given how the beefcake has drawn in audiences with his good looks in the past.

The movie is called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, and is set to tell the story of the murders from the point of view of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who is being played by Lily Collins. For years Elizabeth refused to believe that Bundy had been guilty of the killings, before eventually speaking to the police.

Efron posted a photo of him recreating the infamous mugshot of Bundy in a behind the scenes glimpse, writing "Meet Ted". While his face isn't an exact match, from this still you can see how the actor might be able to pull this whole thing off.

Bundy's lawyer in the 70s and 80s, John Henry Browne, said that Efron is an ideal choice for the role as he is a "charming heartthrob" and as long as he could tap into Bundy's "essence of evilness" he could pull it off, TMZ reported.

"Ted Bundy is going to be a challenge," Efron told Buzzfeed in an interview. "I think it's going to be different and it's going to be fun. I'm super stoked."

The movie also stars John Malkovitch as Judge Edward Cowart, who presided over the televised trial and gave him the death penalty. Production on the film, directed by Joe Berlinger, is set to start this week, although we don't know exactly when it will be hitting the big screen.