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Zac Efron Is Chilling As Ted Bundy In New 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile' Photo

Zac Efron Is Chilling As Ted Bundy In New 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile' Photo

You may not hear 'serial killer' and think 'Zac Efron' in the same sentence, but that could be set to change - once you see the former High School Musical star in his upcoming role as Ted Bundy, you'll never be able to think of the squeaky-clean teen idol in the same way.

Our first proper look at Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile is here and though we've yet to see any action from the movie, the photo dropped by the Sundance Institute sure does show the 31-year-old actor with striking similarities to the 1970s killer.

Throughout the 70s, Bundy sexually assaulted and brutally murdered many women and girls in the US - his total number of victims is thought to be more than 30.

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Bundy was said to have gained the trust of several of his victims due to his handsome looks and utterly charismatic nature - so on that basis at least, Zefron seems ideal for the role.

Zac Efron (left) as serial killer Ted Bundy. Credit: Sundance Institute/Brian Douglas
Zac Efron (left) as serial killer Ted Bundy. Credit: Sundance Institute/Brian Douglas

The picture it shows Efron in character, happily sitting with his long-term girlfriend (played by Lily Collins) and their two-year-old child - it's extra-chilling to consider that Bundy killed so many people but could go home and play happy families.

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The film, directed by Joe Berlinger, is set to follow the story of Bundy as he develops into a killer. It all takes place through the eyes of his girlfriend Liz - who suspected he was a murderer for over a year but refused to believe the truth.

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Zac Efron and Ted Bundy. See the resemblance? Credit: PA
Zac Efron and Ted Bundy. See the resemblance? Credit: PA
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Earlier this year Efron posted some behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, one showing the back of him with the caption 'when Ted met Liz' and another of him sat in a replica of Bundy's infamous VW Beetle with the caption 'Bug life'.

Serial killer movies seem to be on the rise as Quentin Tarantino's next movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, is going to tell the story of the men who lived next door to Sharon Tate - the actress who was brutally murdered in 1969 by the Manson Family, the evil cult lead by the infamous Charles Manson, while she was eight months pregnant with Roman Polanski's baby.

As with Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, this film will tell the story of the infamous murders from a different perspective.

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Though it doesn't have a specific release date, it is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 - which runs between 24 January and 3 February - so we do know we shouldn't have too long to wait to get our fix of Efron as Bundy.

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Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Ted Bundy, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Zac Efron

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