Clearly his story is one that fascinates people – which is exactly why Netflix picked up a four part docu-series and why Hollywood A-lister Zac Efron decided to play him in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil.
News on when the film would be dropping was unknown until recently, but Deadline announced it’d be out today, and guess what, today is today.
The film will also hitting theatres today, which makes no real sense to me; it’d cheaper to sign up for Netflix – if you don’t already have a subscription – and watch the film and then cancel your subscription than it would be to go to the cinema to see it.
Here’s a nice lil’ synopsis: “Ted (Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out.
“That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged.”
Zac has come under criticism for taking on the role but now he’s finally spoken out.
The Bad Neighbours star admitted he had some ‘reservations’ about the role, but said this one was particularly ‘intriguing’ to him.
“Initially, I had reservations about playing a serial killer,” he told Variety.
“I’ve seen people make horror films like this before, and it seems like an aggressive play to separate yourself from a perceived image.”
Zac added he’d already seen too much “hacking and slashing” in scary movies, which is why the psychological aspect of the film appealed to him.
“This movie was really about a human being, somebody that perhaps I would have been friends with. And a love story from a very unique perspective.
“I’ve never seen that before. It’s intriguing to me. I think it’s more psychological and even more kind of a mindf*ck.”
Addressing Ted’s deceptively charismatic and attractive characteristics in the film – which have also come under scrutiny – Zac added:
“The most exciting thing for me was being able to sort of lend that Ted Bundy charisma to the part,” Zac explained to E! News. “I hope that comes across the most.”
This comes after Joe Berlinger, the film’s director, revealed that the movie originally relied on the twist that the serial killer was Ted Bundy at the end, but he decided against it.
“There were a few things I wanted to change,” he told Digital Spy. “For example, the original script relied upon not knowing it’s Bundy until the very end of the movie. It’s the final reveal.
“While that works on paper, I think in this day and age it’d be impossible to make a movie like this without people knowing. Because the moment somebody would be cast, it would be big news, as it was when Zac [Efron] was cast.”
The film is released on Netflix on today for US viewers.
However, for UK viewers the film won’t be available on Netflix, and will instead be screened in cinemas and made available on Sky Cinema and NOW TV from 3rd May. Go get it.
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