But now he's branched out and is playing creepy serial killer and necrophile Ted Bundy in the upcoming biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile.
There has been a buzz around the film since it was announced that the Hollywood star would play the infamous American mass murderer last May.
The film will have its world premiere in January 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival In Park City, Utah.
In the movie, the story of Ted Bundy will be told through his girlfriend's eyes, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lilly Collins), who found it hard to believe her boyfriend was guilty of anything.
Real-life Ted Bundy murdered at least 30 women between 1973 and 1978.
Bundy, who was described as handsome and charismatic, was executed in 1989 after being convicted of killing a 12-year-old and two Florida State University sorority sisters.
Efron, best known for starring in the High School Musical movies and the Baywatch reboot, has now shared a close-up shot of himself in the role of Bundy. Earlier this year, Efron Instagrammed a few unofficial images from the set of the film, including a from-behind shot of Ted and Liz's first meeting and a picture of Ted in his vehicle, presumably during a late-night hunt.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile also stars Kaya Scodelario as Carole Anne Boone, Jim Parsons as Larry Simpson, John Malkovich as Judge Edward Cowart, and Haley Joel Osment as Detective Mike Fisher.
"The #SundanceFestival lineup has just been announced and I'm so proud to be included!" she wrote in the caption.
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