Zac Efron will portray notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. The actor known for the High School Musical movies is coming off a string of successful films. Efron had three hit movies in 2017 including Baywatch, The Disaster Artist, and The Greatest Showman. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile will stretch the actor to unseen depths as he ventures to prove he’s bigger than the good boy typecast. Are audiences ready to see Zac Efron play one of the most inhumane serial killers and necrophiliac in U.S. history?
One thing many people noticed on social media was that Efron could easily portray the part. Ted Bundy is often referred to as one of the most charismatic, intelligent, charming, and handsome serial killers. Those who knew him said that he was very smart and easily charmed women.
Still, while he had a fiancée and behaved as if he was in a normal, loving relationship, he was kidnapping, raping, and brutally murdering women. Ted Bundy ultimately confessed to the murder of 30 women, but the true victim toll will never be known.
Reaction to the first photos of Zac Efron as Ted Bundy have been mixed, but many have responded that he looks similar to the real Bundy and that he had a creepy or scary vibe.
IM SCAREDDDD ? ASDFGHJKL pic.twitter.com/Z5eLnZeQgf
— Madelaine Kimmie Ho (@iamKimmieHo) January 17, 2018
Zac Efron shared a large black and white photo with the hashtag #behindthescenes. He captioned it “Meet Ted.” The picture and tweet have received more than 30,000 likes and over 7,000 retweets. There are many comments suggesting that audience members didn’t see Zac playing Ted Bundy at first, but those opinions have changed since seeing the picture.
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) January 17, 2018
Some of the comments were humorous and many photos, gifs, and memes peppered the comment thread. One user was quick to point out that she did not necessarily want to meet Ted.
When people first heard that Zac Efron would play Ted Bundy, many had a negative response and didn’t want to see him in the role. It seems that people are more open to the idea of Efron playing a serial killer.
Fellow Disney star Ross Lynch recently portrayed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to rave reviews in the independent film My Friend Dahmer.
Are you looking forward to seeing Zac Efron play Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile?