Zac Efron has built a career playing douchey or dopey characters, mostly to great effect (“Neighbours”, the upcoming “Baywatch”). He’s not exactly known as a serious dramatic actor. That’s set to change with his next role.
Variety today reported that Efron has signed on to play one of history’s most notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in an indie film titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”. Joe Berlinger (“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”) has been hired to direct from a screenplay by Michael Werwie. The script is apparently a hot property, as it won the Nicholl Fellowship (an international screenwriting competition), and landed on the Black List, Hollywood’s top unproduced screenplays. Sounds promising already. The film will be produced by Voltage Pictures and Cota Films.
Here’s some info on the film (via Variety): “The film follows the dysfunctional relationship between Bundy and his long-time girlfriend Liz. Bundy, a killer and rapist of young girls and women who was notoriously charming, was executed in Florida in 1989.”
There are certainly going to be a lot of doubters as to whether Efron has the depth to pull off something like this. Assuming this isn’t a black comedy, this is the kind of film that requires nuance and complexity. Done well, it’s also the kind of role that the Academy tends to reward.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile” is set to begin production on 9th October.