Former High School Musical star Zac Efron plays infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Zac Efron is starring in the upcoming biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, giving life to one of the most infamous serial killers of all times: Ted Bundy.

The actor posted the first photo from the set on his Instagram.

“Meet Ted”, he captioned a black and white photo from the set, with him in front of the lens – all studio light on him – wearing ‘70s clothes and holding a plaque with an identification number up to his chest.

Meet Ted. #behindthescenes 🎬

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Filming of the thriller started on January 18, with a cast including, so far, aside from Efron, Hollywood star John Malkovich and actress Lily Collins.

Malkovich will play the role of Judge Edward Cowart, who presided the trial of the famous murderer and sentenced him to death. Cowart’s tribute to Bundy, at the sentencing, is famous. After announcing the death by electric chair sentence, he told Bundy: “Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom.”. He added: “You’re a bright young man. You would have made a good lawyer and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.”

Collins plays Bundy’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer. She is the key-character in the documentary, as the story is told through her lens.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is directed by documentary maker Joe Berlinger, whose work includes the Paradise Lost trilogy.

 

The real Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy lived between 1946 and 1989. During his lifetime, he assaulted and killed at least 30 women, a number he confessed to shortly before his death, but it is believed the actual number was a lot higher.

Accusations against Bundy counted murder, kidnapping, burglary and necrophilia.

During his trial, Bundy received numerous diagnosis from numerous mental health specialists. These ranged from bipolar disorder to multiple personality (now called dissociative identity disorder), to antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, to pure psychopathy.

Ted Bundy died on electric chair in January, 1989, at the age of 42.