John Malkovich has been cast in the upcoming thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film is based on the true story of the 1979 murder trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. The actor will take on the role of Judge Edward Cowart. Malkovich will join Zac Efron who is playing Ted Bundy and Lily Collins who is playing his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer.
Cowart presided over the trial and sentenced Bundy to death. The trial was nationally televised, and drew media attention as Bundy eventually represented himself and developed a rapport with the judge.
Malkovich is an awesome actor and this will be another solid role for him. The story for the film will be told from the point of view of Kloepfer, who had no knowledge of the murders while she was in a relationship with Bundy. The killer was executed in 1989. Shortly before he was put to death, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978.
The film is being directed by documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost films) and production is set to begin on January 18th. If you have a fascination with Ted Bundy or true crime stories, this is a film that you might want to check out.