'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile': Release Date, Trailer and Zac Efron's Eerie Role

Ted Bundy will come alive once again in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Netflix's upcoming thiller starring Zac Efron. The long-anticipated film—which has sparked controversy since it was first announced—has a full trailer and release date. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming premiere.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will premiere on Netflix May 3, with a star-studded cast led by Efron and Lily Collins. The movie will take viewers inside the relationship between one of America's most notorious serial killers and his girlfriend, Liz. Bundy's evil doings were unknown to her during their relationship.

The trailer spotlights Bundy's charisma in his love life, social life and, eventually, court appearances. Bundy's trial will also be a major plot point, as it was the first televised murder trial in American history. Bundy was also known for making a show out of all of his cour appearance, causing his charisma took to sometimes take center stage ahead of his charges.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile comes from director Joe Berlinger, who is also responsible for Netflix's Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The film aims for historical accuracy, while taking a much different approach from previous accounts of Bundy. Instead of gore and fear, the film aims to reveal a different side of the heinous killer through its portrayal of his surprisingly typical relationship.

The film has been met with backlash for portraying Bundy as a charming family man, but Berlinger has defended the accuracy of that angle. "You see how incredibly believable and charming he can be," Berlinger told Newsweek in January. "I think that's important for people to understand. This is how he won people over. Bundy should have been caught long before he was, but he avoided detection because so many people around him believed in him."

The Netflix original marks one of Efron's more serious roles. His recent work includes The Greatest Showman and The Beach Bum, which is currently in theaters. He's best known for his early role as Troy Boton in the three High School Musical installments, as well as his lead role in the Neighbors.