Actor John Malkovich is joining Voltage Pictures’ Ted Bundy drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, playing Judge Edward Cowart, the judge who presided over Bundy’s 1979 trial and (spoiler!) sentencing him to death.
Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger, the film stars Zac Efron as Bundy, the serial killer who kidnapped, assaulted and killed nearly 30 girls before being caught. The film will be told through the eyes of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins
Bundy’s trial received national attention because he represented himself and established a rapport with the Florida Judge played by Malkovich.
Production is set to begin next week for the rare narrative feature from the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind the Paradise Lost documentary series, who is working from a Black List screenplay by Michael Werwie. Berlinger spoke to the Tracking Board about this project last year.
Ara Keshishian and Nicolas Chartier from Voltage Pictures are producing along with COTA Entertainment’s Michael Costigan and Michael Simkin from Efron’s Ninjas Runnin Wild Productions. Voltage is fully financing after announcing the project at the Cannes Film Festival last May. Jonathan Deckter and Ninjas Runnin Wild’s Jason Barrett are executive producers.
Repped by WME and a two-time Oscar nominee, Malkovich laid low in 2017, despite appearing in Louis CK’s I Love You, Daddy, which was dropped by distributor The Orchard mere weeks before its release due to the comedian director’s sexual improprieties. Before that, Malkovich appeared in 2016’s Deepwater Horizon thriller.
Malkovich is an acclaimed actor who gave memorable performances in Shadow of the Vampire, In the Line of Fire, Dangerous Liaisons, Con Air and the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading.
Deadline initially reported Malkovich’s casting.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor