The movie we all have been waiting for finally has a Netflix release and we are super thrilled to see Zac Efron as Ted Bundy!
The wait is (almost) over! Previewed at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Joe Berlinger's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is finally coming to Netflix. The movie bagged almost positive reviews at the premiere and Efron's performance as Bundy was highly praised, making the movie one of the most highly anticipated ones of the year.
A bidding war to secure the rights to the movie took place and to everybody's joy, the streaming giant emerged as the clear winner. The network previously aired Joe Berlinger's documentary Conversation with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and is now releasing a full-fledged Bundy movie!
Starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins, 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' will be told from Bundy's girlfriend's perspective, who had a really hard time coming to terms with the monster that her boyfriend was.
Announcing that the movie will go live on Netflix on May 3, 2019, Netflix has also released a chilling new trailer of the movie as if we were not enough excited already. Reportedly, Netflix bought the movie for $9 million.
Netflix is pretty much the perfect distributor for the movie as the platform already released the Ted Bundy tapes docuseries earlier and created a hype around Bundy. Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes was directed by Joe Berlinger, who directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as well.
The series featured never heard before tapes of Bundy talking about himself and his crimes.
The year 2019 marks the 30th death anniversary of the scariest and most brutal serial killer America ever witnessed. Ted Bundy was a rapist, necrophiliac, burglar, cannibal and a murderer who admitted to having killed over 30 young women.
He was smart, extremely intelligent, and was blessed with charming looks which helped him stay off the radar and maintain the image of a sophisticated gentleman who goes to the church regularly.
Casting teen heartthrob Zac Efron, known for playing positive roles, as Ted Bundy in the movie raised many eyebrows and people claimed that Hollywood is trying to glamorize Bundy killings and glorify the serial killer.
But, if you have watched the documentary or have read about Bundy, you should know that Ted was so good-looking, he was a chick magnet. Even after he was caught as a suspect and was facing trials, women continued to support him and tell the police that they've caught the wrong guy.
Joe started working on the movie last year and in addition to Zac and Lily, the movie also stars big names like Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Jim Parsons, James Hetfield, and John Malkovich.
The trailer of the movie was released two days after the Tapes premiered on Netflix and it received mixed reactions. While Zac Efron looks creepily like Bundy in the trailer, the beat of the teaser is funky, as if the trailer is of a typical romantic comedy movie.
Talking about the movie and his role, Efron said, “This movie was really about a human being, somebody that perhaps I would have been friends with,” he told Variety.
“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–k. I feel a responsibility to make sure that this movie is not a celebration of Ted Bundy, or a glorification of him. But, definitely, a psychological study of who this person was. In that, there’s honesty.”
Efron also revealed that before agreeing upon the role he deeply studied Bundy and found out that they are shockingly similar, “Something clicked pretty early on, and it was kind of scary. It was that Ted and I had quite a bit in common in the way we carried ourselves. There are a few mannerisms. You can tell he’s a bit bashful. He’s kind of shy. He’s a well-spoken guy, but he hides his anxiety with a bit of a smile. I didn’t want to do too much of an impersonation.”
Netflix has released another trailer for the movie and people are claiming it is way better than the first one. Check it out below!