Zac Efron Proves He Makes a Chilling Ted Bundy in First-Look Photos From His Upcoming Film

When you think of Zac Efron, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't "serial killer." But that's exactly who he's preparing to portray in the upcoming film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

The movie chronicles the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins.

Bundy is known for his numerous rapes, assaults, and murders of women throughout the U.S. in the 1970s. Though he only confessed to killing 30 people, his body count is believed to be much higher. What's particularly notable about Bundy is that he exploited his good looks and outgoing personality to gain the trust of his victims. He eventually garnered nicknames like "Campus Killer" since he often targeted college-aged women. 

Kloepfer famously helped take Bundy down, though she initially struggled to accept the reality of her boyfriend's crimes. 

Both Efron and Collins recently shared photos from the upcoming film to celebrate its selection for Sundance's 2019 lineup

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ready for Sundance! #extremelywickedshockinglyevilandvile

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Efron provided a behind-the-scenes look at the film in January, and then a sneak-peek into the transformation process a month later, but his recent photo was the first of him in action.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet Ted. #behindthescenes 🎬

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Last day. Don’t stop us now. #wickedcrew #setlife #NamedmywigLD

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Collins shared a still from Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which shows her, Efron, and her on-screen daughter celebrating a birthday. Efron is, of course, wielding a knife. 

Sundance, where the Joe Berlinger-directed film will premiere, kicks off January 24.