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Zac Efron to play serial killer Ted Bundy in upcoming biopic

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/16/2017
Zac Efron arrives at the U.S. Premiere of "Baywatch" at Lummus Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Zac Efron arrives at the U.S. Premiere of "Baywatch" at Lummus Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zac Efron has signed on to star as Ted Bundy in a biopic about the serial killer.

FILE - In this July 28, 1978, file pool photo, Ted Bundy mugs for the media after being informed of his indictment by a grand jury in Tallahassee, Fla. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on May 16, 2017, that Zac Efron will play Bundy in an upcoming biopic about the serial killer. (Pool Photo via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 28, 1978, file pool photo, Ted Bundy mugs for the media after being informed of his indictment by a grand jury in Tallahassee, Fla. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on May 16, 2017, that Zac Efron will play Bundy in an upcoming biopic about the serial killer. (Pool Photo via AP, File)

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report Efron will play Bundy in "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile." The movie will center on Bundy's relationship with his girlfriend. The reports say the project is set to start shooting Oct. 9. The movie will be directed by Joe Berlinger, who is best known for the "Paradise Lost" series of documentaries.

Bundy confessed to killing more than two dozen women and was executed in Florida in 1989.

Efron stars alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in "Baywatch," which opens this month.

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