When news broke that Zac Efron was to play Ted Bundy, one of America's most notorious serial killers, many scoffed at the idea. After all, Efron is a former Disney star who made a name for himself as a mopy haired teen in High School Musical before starring in a string of god-awful romances and Seth Rogen movies.
Still, all cinematic snobbery aside, Efron is undoubtedly a good actor who can sing and dance rings around most other actors, so maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised at how terrifying he looks in the latest stills of himself portraying Mr. Bundy.
In a still taken from the upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, the 31-year-old actor can be seen holding a knife as his on-screen daughter and girlfriend (Lilly Collins) watch on, then unaware of the sinister underbelly that lurked beneath his depraved soul.
For those unfamiliar with Bundy's crimes, the infamous psychopath was responsible for many sexual assaults and murders across the US in the 60s and 70s, all of which were committed against women and young girls. Police estimated that Bundy's victim count reached the 30 person mark.
Owing to his good looks and charming nature, few would have suspected the dark secret lurking behind the veil of Bundy's pretty face, which is why the casting of Zac Efron, who bears many striking features to Bundy, makes perfect sense.
Taking reigns of the movie is director Joe Berlinger who will film the movie from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, one of the very first to suspect that Bundy was a murderer.
While we only have a few stills to feast our eyes into before a trailer drops, Efron has posted other Bundy-related photos on Instagram. One has him with his back turned with the caption 'when Ted met Liz' while the other sees him sitting in a replica of Bundy's VW Beetle with the heading 'Bug life'.
Serial killer movies seem to be all the rage in recent years. Quentin Tarantino's latest project, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, will tell the story of a man who lived next door to the actress Sharon Tate whose life was brutally taken by the Manson Family in 1969 when she was eight months pregnant with director Roman Polanski's baby.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2019. The event takes place between 24 January and 3 February, which may mean a general release date of around April onwards.