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Zac Efron Channels Ted Bundy’s Terrifying Charisma In New ‘Extremely Wicked’ Trailer

Zac Efron brings notorious serial killer Ted Bundy back to life in Netflix’s new trailer for “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming Ted Bundy biopic, offering viewers another look at former teen heartthrob Zac Efron as one of the most notorious serial killers in recent history.

Joe Berlinger’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” portrays Bundy as many knew him to be in life: charismatic, charming, and likable to a fault. That perception of Bundy came crumbling down, though, as he was ultimately be linked to dozens of violent crimes. That fall from grace will be shown in the film through the eyes of Elizabeth Kloepfer (portrayed by Lily Collins), Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who eventually went to the police with her concerns about her boyfriend.

“For years, I’ve carried this guilt that I’m to blame for everything,” she says in a voice-over.

Meanwhile, Efron-as-Bundy can be seen doing many of the things Bundy was infamous for, like representing himself in court and preying on young, brown-haired girls, luring them into a false sense of security with his alleged charm.

The film also appears to delve into the level of celebrity Bundy reached, even while jailed for heinous crimes. In one scene, a young girl tells a reporter, “I get very scared but, you know, he’s also really dreamy.” Though the film is a fictionalized take on Bundy’s life and crimes, the young woman’s statements aren’t too far off from how some women really did feel about Bundy (and how some still feel today).

Netflix’s new film hits the streaming service and select theaters on May 3. The newest trailer — which ends with the “extremely wicked, shocking evil, vile” quote that was famously attributed to Bundy’s crimes during one of his courtroom appearances — strikes a much darker tone than the previously released sneak peek. Check it out below.