When it comes to actors who could potentially play infamous serial killers, most probably aren’t likely to think of Baywatch star Zac Efron. Not that he can’t act, but he mostly tends to gravitate toward comedic roles.
Well, get ready for your impression of Zac Efron to change, as he’s set to star as legendary murderer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger – the Paradise Lost trilogy – Extremely Wicked is told from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer (Kaya Scodelario), Bundy’s longtime girlfriend.
Horror fans may remember Berlinger from his prior foray into the genre, 2000’s Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Yeah, I know, nobody liked that movie, but they can’t all be winners.
Now, THR reports that another primarily comedic actor has joined the Extremely Wicked cast. Jim Parsons – Emmy-winning star of CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory – will portray Larry Simpson, the lead prosecutor at Bundy’s 1979 trial.
Parsons hasn’t done much dramatic acting, so it’ll be interesting to see him playing an authority figure, especially opposite Efron’s intriguing take on Bundy. Also in the cast are John Malkovich, Haley Joel Osment, and Blair Witch 2’s Jeffrey Donovan.