5 things to know about the Zac Efron movie about Ted Bundy filming in the region

Actor Zac Efron’s movie about serial killer Ted Bundy titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” has created a buzz locally as the crew has staked out some local stops to film and even managed to land Sheriff Richard K. Jones to appear in the film

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The movie about Bundy stars Efron in the title role and has cast actress Lily Collins as Bundy’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer.

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Some of the fun facts about the movie:

Sheriff Jones has a speaking role

He shot scenes in Kenton County, and the crew also filmed in Butler and Clermont county jails. The speaking part landed Jones a Screen Actors Guild card.

Several locals found parts as extras

Casting agency D. Lynn Meyers, which has dealt with multiple movie productions in the area, found a few faces from the region to appear as extras in the movie.

Huge production looked for local connection

Film Hamilton’s Steve Colwell, who has facilitated several big-screen productions coming to the area, said “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” is a huge production that was looking forward to filming in the region.

Movies made in the region draw interest

Several Butler County residents got bitten by the acting bug and made appearances in the movie “Tiger,” which filmed in the area in 2015 and starred Mickey Rourke along with Prem Singh in the title role.

“The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie produced by and starring Robert Redford, filmed scenes in downtown Hamilton last April. In addition to Redford, the movie featured Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck.

Tax credit still helping draw films to Ohio

In 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich increased the tax incentive that Ohio offers for film projects to be produced in Ohio from $20 million a year to $40 million a year for the next two years.

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