- “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is a biopic about Ted Bundy that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019. A theatrical release date has not yet been announced.
- The story is told from the point of view of Bundy’s real-life longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer – who is named Liz Kendall in the film.
- Filmmakers spoke to the real Kloepfer when they were writing to get a good grasp on the material, according to cast member Haley Joel Osment.
- The film stars Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Terry Kinney, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, and James Hetfield in his debut acting role.
Despite his notoriety and eventual death via electric chair in Florida in 1989 for his crimes, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Ted Bundy.
But it’s the unknown that fascinates us – particular with a figure of such complete horror. You wonder how he could possibly have gotten away with it for so long, and how no one close to him could have known.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” attempts to illustrate that unknown story.
It’s told from the point of view of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who didn’t know or didn’t believe how evil he was for a very long time – even though she and her daughter lived a life at home with him every day.
Here’s what the stars of the film look like in real life.
Ted Bundy was arguably America’s most notorious serial killer in real life.
Zac Efron is one of the world’s biggest movie stars.
Liz Kendall is Ted’s longtime girlfriend.
Liz Kendall (Lily Collins) is a character who is based on the real-life Elizabeth Kloepfer, and this story is entirely told from her point of view. According to costar Haley Joel Osment, the writers spoke to the real-life Kloepfer when working on the script to get it right.
Lily Collins has been in some of the most interesting projects of the year.
Liz Kendall also has a young daughter when she meets Bundy.
Carole Anne Boone is a coworker of Bundy’s at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services and later his wife and the mother of his daughter.
Kaya Scodelario doesn’t rock those oversized ’70s frames in real life.
Officer Bob Hayward is a member of Utah law enforcement just trying to do his job.
Officer Hayward (James Hetfield) is the kind of guy for whom “if you see something, say something” is just a natural response to life.
Most people probably know James Hetfield better from his role as Metallica frontman.
This is the metal legend’s first acting role. He previously worked with director Joe Berlinger on the Metallica documentary, “Some Kind of Monster,” which was shot while the band recorded their eighth studio album “St. Anger.”
Florida prosecutor Larry Simpson is a man with a job to do.
Prosecuting violent crimes is a stressful, difficult job – but Simpson (Jim Parsons) is up to the task.
Jim Parsons has been acting his entire life, on both stage and screen — and has also done a lot of voice acting as well.
Best known for his role of Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons has also recently appeared in the films “A Kid Like Jake” and “Hidden Figures.”
Judge Edward D. Cowart has one of the most significant duties in the story of Ted Bundy’s life.
Judge Edward D. Cowart (John Malkovich) did not, in real life, live to see Bundy’s execution – having passed away of a heart attack two years prior to that event.
John Malkovich is always convincing across a wide range of character types.
He was most recently seen by Netflix subscribers everywhere in smash horror hit “Bird Box.”
Terry Kinney plays Detective Mike Fisher, who investigates Bundy’s crimes in Colorado.
Every notorious criminal needs a detective on the case – and Mike Fisher is hard at work.
Haley Joel Osment plays Jerry, one of Liz’s coworkers.
In an interview with Kevin Smith for IMDB ahead of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival – where “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” premiered – Osment said that there seemed to be some confusion around his character. Osment clarified that Jerry is just a regular office worker that Liz knows – not a detective, as some reports have said.
Angela Sarafyan plays Liz’s longtime friend, Joanna.
Most well known for her role as Clementine Pennyfeather in HBO’s “Westworld,” Sarafyan appears in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” as Liz Kendall’s longtime friend and a key part of her support system, Joanna.
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