Zac Efron has signed on to star in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile for director Joe Berlinger. This psychological thriller about the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy will be produced by Voltage Pictures. This is something outside the box thinking with this casting but Efron has had success with comedies like Neighbors. Most actors look for ways to change it up and not get type cast. Playing a serial killer might do it.
Joe Berlinger is an amazing documentary filmmaker. Paradise Lost about the West Memphis 3 and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster were amazing films. It’ll be interesting to see him transfer that raw style to the scripted realm.
Producer Nicholas Chartier had this to say –
“I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time,” said Chartier. “From his dramatic turn in Paperboy to his hilarious performance in Neighbors, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range.”
Costigan hailed the script and Berlinger’s past documentaries in predicting the mix will be strong. “Zac is perfect casting, as he can play both the depth and the charm that this guy had in equal measures, and which allowed him to manipulate these women in such a terrifying way. We think in the vein of Nightcrawler or even The Jinx, we are making a psychological thriller that will resonate deeply with audiences.”