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The stunt casting of former Disney star Zac Efron in the upcoming film "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" has created considerable buzz around the biopic, which is set to tell the violent tale of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Now, Efron has teased some of the first images from the Joe Berlinger-directed movie.
Bundy is one of the country's most notorious murderers. He confessed to killing 30 people throughout the 70's and hinted that there may be hundreds more undiscovered victims. Despite his hideous proclivities, Bundy was regularly described as charming and handsome by those around him. He was put to death in 1989.
The film is set to tell Bundy's story from the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, according to CBS. Kloepfer had denied Bundy's involvement in the various crimes he was accused of until she eventually offered testimony against him.
Efron's photo shows him posing for a mugshot. The Baywatch star simply captioned the picture "Meet Ted."
"I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time," producer Nicolas Chartier said, according to IMDB. "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. We couldn't be more excited to see him in this amazing role."
Last year's biopic of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, titled "My Friend Dahmer,"garnered criticism from Teen Vogue for romanticizing patently evil white men.
"We continuously depict these men in a borderline glamorous way," wrote Sandra Song. "But the problem with doing that now is that it will undoubtedly deify them in the eyes of a generation removed from the horror of their actions."
It remains to be seen whether "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" will continue to elicit this reaction.
"Extremely Wicked" does not yet have an official release date. Shooting for the project, which also stars John Malkovich, begun just last week, according to Today.
Director Berlinger is best known for his work on a handful of documentaries, including "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" (1996, about the West Memphis 3), "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" (2000), "Some Kind of Monster" (2004), "Crude" (2009), "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" (2011), and "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" (2014).
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