Zac Efron is set to star as Ted Bundy in a new film about the American serial killer.

The drama, titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, will be told from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who initially refused to believe the allegations but who later reported him to the police. Bundy was executed in Florida in 1989 after confessing to the sexual assault and murder of more than 30 women.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Joe Berlinger, the Oscar-nominated film-maker whose credits include the Paradise Lost documentaries, about the West Memphis Three, who were convicted and later cleared of the murder of three eight-year-olds, and Some Kind of Monster, about the heavy metal band Metallica.

The role of Bundy will represent a major departure for Efron, a former teen star who in recent years has appeared in comedies such as Bad Neighbours  and Dirty Grandpa.

Principal photography for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is due to begin in October.