The highly anticipated trailer for Zac Efron's new film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, has officially arrived, y'all.
In the film, Efron portrays the notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy as he simultaneously builds a relationship with Elizabeth Kloepfer (played by Lily Collins) while murdering 30 innocent young women. While true-crime fanatics are excited about Efron's portrayal of Bundy, others are worried about it leading to people romanticizing the murderer — again.
The first trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile dropped on Friday afternoon.
And needless to say, it received a slew of mixed reactions from fans and critics alike.
In the one-and-a-half-minute clip, we see snippets of Bundy unassumingly wooing his way into Kloepfer's life, the downward spiral of his arrest, court appearances, and his time in prison through her perspective.
People were quick to criticize not only the tone and lightheartedness of the trailer but also how Efron makes Bundy seem like a charming anti-hero.
And if you're still convinced it sexualized Bundy, perhaps check out director Joe Berlinger’s Netflix documentary Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
Like Extremely Wicked, Conversations With a Killer aims to dismantle serial killer stereotypes. "We want to think these are two-dimensional human beings," Berlinger told Vulture. "We want to think they’re easily identifiable in society."