Zac Efron's Ted Bundy Movie Casts Its Elizabeth Kloepfer
For years, Zac Efron´s name was only associated with being a pretty face in teen musical High School Musical, something that doesn't easily wash off. But with some more dramatic roles added to his resume since—especially in the trashy pulp thriller The Paperboy—he has shown the world that he actually is a pretty decent actor and more than just a dude with good looks. If you aren’t convinced yet, you hopefully will be with his upcoming foray into the true crime genre.
Back in May, it was announced that Efron will star in the upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile (I know, epic title!) as serial killer Ted Bundy, a man who confessed to 30 homicides during the 1970s. If anyone has seen interviews with the killer, you can probably imagine Efron pulling off his charm, depth, and manipulative abilities.
And now it looks like the female lead has been found...
Deadline reports that Lily Collins (Priest, Okja) has been added to the psychological thriller. She will be playing Bundy´s former longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, from whose point of view the story will be told.
The movie was written by Michael Werwie—whose script for the film ended up on the 2012 Black List—and is being directed by Joe Berlinger. Berlinger is mostly known as a documentary filmmaker. His credits include the West Memphis 3 docs which are part of the Paradise Lost trilogy. But to us genre fans, he is the one who directed the underrated Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. So it's safe to say that the film is in good hands.
While the movie doesn't sound like a fully-fledged horror film, Werwie has given us an idea of what to expect:. “We think in the vein of Nightcrawler or even The Jinx, we are making a psychological thriller that will resonate deeply with audiences.”
With the brilliant and highly-regarded Mindhunter fresh in people's memories, and My Friend Dahmer getting great reviews from critics and cinephiles, is there a possibility that we will get more horror films based on real-life serial killers? Maybe the ´90’s serial killer movie will make a comeback? Only time will tell.