Chad Michael Murray joins the ranks of Zac Efron, James Marsters and Cary Elwes as the latest actor to play Ted Bundy

By Jen Juneau
May 27, 2021 11:30 AM
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Chad Michael Murray; Ted Bundy
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Chad Michael Murray has been cast in another retelling of the story of Ted Bundy.

ScreenDaily announced last month that Murray, 39, would portray the notorious 1970s serial killer in a new movie, joining a long line of Hollywood heartthrobs like Cary Elwes, James Marsters and, most recently, Zac Efron, to embrace the challenging role.

According to the outlet, the upcoming film, American Boogeyman, "follows the elusive and charming killer and the manhunt that brought him to justice involving the detective and the FBI rookie who coined the phrase 'serial killer.' "

"Murray is so talented and expertly captures Bundy's charm and seductive nature, traits that the notorious killer exploited to win the trust of his victims as well as society," Jonathan Deckter — president and COO of Voltage Pictures, which has secured rights to the film — said in a statement.

"It's fantastic to continue working with the very gifted Lucas [Jarach] and Dan [Farrands] on this feature and bring engaging narratives to the screen," Deckter added. Both Jarach and Farrands were also producers on 2019's The Haunting of Sharon Tate, starring Hilary Duff.

From L to R: Zac Efron, Cary Elwes and James Marsters as Ted Bundy
From L to R: Zac Efron, Cary Elwes and James Marsters as Ted Bundy

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Since the news broke, many Twitter users have shared their disdain that yet another Bundy biopic is in the works.

"Ted Bundy wasn't hot, also he didnt trick women by being hot, he targeted nice women, pretended to be injured and then when they helped him he killed them," one social media user wrote, while a second wrote, "Do we *really* need another movie on Ted Bundy? Like really?"

"The ONLY Ted Bundy adjacent movie I am interested in is one which respectfully tells the life stories of these women and girls, humanising them, portraying them as real people who lived & loved, rather than simply victims," added another. "And ONLY if their families give permission."

After Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes premiered in 2019, Netflix directly addressed an unexpected reaction to its docuseries: viewers commenting favorably on Bundy's looks.

"I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy's alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers," the official Netflix account tweeted at the time.

The four-part series features interviews with people who investigated, prosecuted and defended Bundy, as well as Bundy himself. He was executed on Jan. 24, 1989 after confessing to 30 homicides committed, although the real total of murders is unknown.