Zac Efron, who is set to star in new thriller-biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile about serial killer Ted Bundy, will now be joined on-screen by actress Lily Collins, performing as Bundy’s former girlfriend.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be directed by documentary-filmmaker Joe Berlinger and written by Michael Werwie. Collins, who recently starred in To The Bone, a Netflix-Original series about a young woman dealing with anorexia, will now be joining production to play the notorious serial killer’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. The thriller flick’s story will be told from Kloepfer’s perspective during Bundy’s infamous murder spree.
Ted Bundy was a prolific serial killer and rapist in the 1970’s, who admitted to 36 killings and is suspected of having committed up to 100. He was put to death via the electric chair in 1989, and his name has since become synonymous with the term ‘serial killer’.
Following years of living in denial that Bundy could be responsible for his heinous crimes, Kloepfer eventually turned him into the police, but to her horror, she only discovered the true extent of his actions when he began talking about them as he got close to his execution date.
Collins is undoubtedly in for a challenging role in the upcoming film. However, having previously featured in a number of popular comedy roles such as Baywatch, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Bad Neighbours, the role of Ted Bundy will prove to be something of a career U-turn for former heart-throb and Disney Channel star Zac Efron in particular.
The true crime genre has experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years thanks to hit Netflix documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Keepers. A docudrama based on such a famous and horrific story as Bundy’s is therefore likely to be a popular choice among viewers right now, and one to look out for. The production of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will begin in January, but a release date has not yet been confirmed.