Zac Efron’s New Movie Role Will Def Surprise You

Can the Baywatch star pull this terrifying character off?

Meaghan Wray
Zac Efron as Ted Bundy poses for press in Miami, Florida in a white shirt.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Hollywood hottie Zac Efron got his start on the Disney Channel, and he hasn’t strayed too far from being typecast as the chiseled jock next door. (Case in point: Efron’s role as Troy Bolton in High School Musical and Matt Brody in the upcoming Baywatch movie remake.) But with his new role, the often-goofy babe is switching career gears towards more dramatic work.

Efron has been cast as serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming psychological thriller, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and some people think the film might put him in the running for an Academy Award.

In the 1970s, after more than a decade of denying his crimes, Bundy admitted to sexually assaulting and murdering 30 women in the span of four years. Despite his heinous acts, Bundy is often remembered for his charming personality and looks. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is from the perspective of Bundy’s then-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory was nominated for an Oscar, is set to direct the film and, perhaps, coax an Oscar-calibre performance out of Efron.

But not all of Efron’s fans are convinced by the casting.

Some, however, can’t deny the resemblance.

One person even made this connection two years ago.

Nicolas Cartier, one of the film’s producers, has said he he’s looking forward to working with Efron after being impressed by his critically acclaimed but lesser-known dramatic role as Jack in the murder-mystery Paperboy and his hilarious performance in Neighbors.

Filming will begin this fall.


15 BTS Pics From the Set of the Baywatch Movie
10 of the Most Delightfully WTF MTV Movie Awards Moments Ever
Is a Gay LeFou Really a Step Forward for LGBTQ Representation?

Filed under:

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

FLARE - Newsletter Signup

Subscribe to FLARE Need to Know for smart, sassy, no-filter takes on everything you're interested in—including style, culture & current events, plus special offers—sent straight to your inbox each day. Sign up here.