Whatever era Zac Efron was supposed to represent, can we safely say it’s over now? Between this and Robert Pattinson playing a disheveled bank robber?
Efron is set to play notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The movie’s story will be told from the perspective of Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who initially refused to believe her man was responsible for the murder of over 30 women.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’s director is Joe Berlinger, most well-known for the “true crime” documentaries Brother’s Keeper and the Paradise Lost trilogy. Berlinger also directed one of my all-time cult horror movie faves Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, a film most people despise.
Efron’s move here to play Bundy, who was executed in 1989, is probably a good one career-wise, as he probably needs to definitively break out of his “squeaky clean” glamour-guy image. That said, Pattinson, whose roles took a darker, more edgy tone starting with the 2012 David Cronenberg movie Cosmopolis, never quite bridged that gap.
But I suppose ya gotta try.