The first Zac Efron-as-Ted Bundy trailer is here, and people are *not* happy with this portrayal
True-crime fanatics have been awaiting the first trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile for months. The film, which stars Zac Efron, follows the rise and fall of notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy, specifically focusing on the longterm romantic relationship he had with Elizabeth Kloepfer (played by Lily Collins). The relationship has served as a point of fascination to many for decades—specifically because Bundy murdered over 30 innocent women while Kloepfer remained completely unaware.
And the trailer for the film dropped today, January 25th.
However, many viewers have noted that something seems distinctly off about the tone of the preview. Mainly, it appears to treat its subject matter—a man who ruined countless lives—as a charming anti-hero. Even the music feels far too light for the seriousness of the subject matter.
That's exactly what Ted Bundy wanted. posthumous fame for his cruelties. You can count on Hollywood to make the worst human beings immortal.What's next?The Harvey Weinstein biopic?What a punch to the face for the victim's families after all these years #ZacEfron #ExtremelyWicked pic.twitter.com/vgPCqHexmD
— Shiroshika (@iamshiroshika) January 25, 2019
They've framed this as Zac Efron playing an irresistibly sexy charming conman. Not a fucking vile murderer. There were a few shots but ALL the humanization has gone to Bundy. As far as I can tell. Just, fuck off.
— (((Rachel Sklar))) (@rachelsklar) January 25, 2019
One commenter on YouTube wrote, “It’s so sick to see that Hollywood is actually romanticizing a serial rapist/killer. seriously !!!!!”
Another chimed in with, “What a weird tone. Is this an action movie? A comedy? The music choice is off.”
One person wrote, “Whoever made this trailer & chose the music needs to get fired,” and another still said, “Why are they glorifying a serial killer? Almost making him come across as though he’s cool.”
Ted Bundy robbed dozens of women of their lives and stole daughters, sisters, friends, and loved ones from countless people, so we understand the concerns. The movie drops later this year, so we’ll ultimately have to wait until then to give our final judgement. What are your thoughts on the new trailer?
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