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Zac Efron is a grinning Ted Bundy in first Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile trailer

Yesterday, Netflix dropped Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a four-part docuseries on the serial killer from Joe Berlinger. This coming week, Berlinger will premiere another Bundy project, this one a feature film starring Zac Efron in the actor’s most daring role yet. Called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the film has dropped its first trailer ahead of its Sundance premiere.


Beginning in 1969, the film views Bundy’s crimes, arrest, and trial through the lens of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who struggled with the question of Bundy’s innocence even after reporting her early suspicions to police. Per the trailer, the film will also explore the media circus that erupted in tandem with Bundy’s 1979 trial, which saw the killer, serving as his own attorney, use his good looks and political savvy—a fierce Republican, he once wanted to become a politician—to enrapture the nation.

John Malkovich, Jim Parson, Kaya Scodelario, Haley Joel Osment, and Metallica’s James Hetfield co-star in the film, which has yet to lock down a release date.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.