We are really excited about the new Ted Bundy biopic "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" starring Zac Efron.
For those not briefed on the infamous case: Bundy confessed, after numerous prison escapes and much denial, to having killed over 30 women between 1973 and 1978, but his actual body count is unknown. His modus operandi was to fake an injury and ask women in parking lots for help getting into his Volkswagen. Anyone generous enough to help would be hit with a crowbar and driven to an isolated place, where he murdered them and often had sex with their corpse. Despite that, women flocked to his charm and good looks. Bundy received hundreds of letters, including marriage proposals, from female fans while on trial and in prison.
Here’s what we know so far about the film, which is currently in post-production, so far:
Zac Efron didn’t go “full method”
It appears that Efron didn’t drive around in a Volkswagen Bug while off the clock.
"I didn't take it [the character of Bundy] home," Efron told Entertainment Tonight. "I didn't go full method and I didn't have to like do any weird stuff to anybody to get into character. It's a different type of film."
The actor needed a spiritual cleanse afterward
After the shooting of the film wrapped up, Efron told Celebretainment that despite not going “full method,” he needed a spiritual cleanse.
"I went and had some friends sage me,” he said. “You know, do a little spiritual cleansing."
The film “won’t glorify” Bundy
Efron told Entertainment Tonight that the movie "doesn't really glorify Ted Bundy. He wasn't a person to be glorified. It simply tells a story and sort of how the world was able to be charmed over by this guy who was notoriously evil and the vexing position that so many people were put in, the world was put in. It was fun to go and experiment in that realm of reality."
It’s from his ex’s point of view
The movie will chronicle “the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years” according to its IMDB description.
Lily Collins has been cast as Kloepfer and Kaya Scodelario has been cast as another one of Bundy’s lovers: his ex-wife Carole Ann Boone. Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory) plays the lead prosecutor in the Bundy trial.
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