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Zac Efron Spends Day In Clermont County Jail

Actor Zac Efron spent Thursday in the Clermont County Jail…. as serial killer Ted Bundy.

The Clermont County Sheriff Facebook page today posted:  "Film crews, vintage police cars, and Actor Zac Efron spent the afternoon at the Clermont County Jail today shooting scenes for a upcoming chronicle of the crimes of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The film is titled "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

The sheriff's officealso posted eight photos.

Original post 1:04 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25: John Malkovich and Angela Sarafyan could be seen soon here for Zac Efron's movie about serial killer Ted Bundy.

Scenes for "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" were shot Wednesday night in Ivey's Tavern, 3711 Winston Ave., in Covington's Latonia area. Production trucks were parked a block away, not far from Holy Cross High School. Filming started last week in Fort Thomas.  

Efron stars as Bundy,who preyed on young women in the 1970s in Washington, Utah, Colorado and Florida. Often he would lure them to his 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. He confessed to 30 murders and was sentenced to death in the electric chair, where he died in 1989.

Malkovich ("Being John  Malkovich," "In The Line Of Fire," "Places In The Heart," ) will play Judge Edward Cowart, who presided over Bundy's 1979 trial, according to Deadline.

Sarafyan ("Westworld," "American Horror Story" ) will portray Joanna, a close friend of Bundy's longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer played by Lily Collins ("To The Bone," "Rules Don't Apply").  The script, written by Michael Werwie, tells the story from Kloepfer's point of view.

Last week Efron posted a photo on Twitter of him recreating shooting Bundy's police mugshot. His @ZacEfron  message was simply, "Meet Ted."

Joe Berlinger ("Oprah's Master Class," "Brother's Keeper," "Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders") is directing the film. News of Efron's "Extremely Wicked" broke here Jan. 2, when casting director D. Lynn Meyers sought a pair of 2-year-old identical twin girls for the film.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.