Voltage Picture's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, about serial killer Ted Bundy, has just cast one of the lead roles for the upcoming thriller. Lily Collins will join the film as Elizabeth Kloepfer, Ted Bundy's girlfriend during his notorious murder spree. Lily Collins will join Zac Efron, who was already announced to play the notorious serial killer in the upcoming flick.
We already knew that this film is going to be told from the perspective of Elizabeth herself and now, according to Deadline, we know that Lily Collins will portray Bundy's girlfriend in what was no doubt a highly coveted role. Lily Collins was recently seen in Amazon's The Last Tycoon and in Netflix's Okja. She is currently filming for Tolkien, where she will portray Edith Bratt. She also received a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination last year for her work in Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply.
Lily Collins will join Zac Efron in what has the potential to be a career-changing performance for the former Disney Channel star. Efron may be best known for his comedy roles and frat boy persona but this type of character allows for a transformation that could really show off his acting chops. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile will hopefully provide a unique perspective on the Ted Bundy story since it is being told through the eyes of his girlfriend. Elizabeth Kloepfer long believed Ted Bundy to be innocent before she finally realized the truth.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is being directed by Joe Berlinger and written by Michael Werwie. Joe Berlinger is primarily a documentary filmmaker of true crime stories, so he definitely has an affinity for this subject matter. He was also the director of 2000's Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Given his background in the documentary world, he may be able to bring a unique sense of realism to this thriller. The main question is can he get the kind of performances out of his leads that these roles demand. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is set to begin production in January but a release date has not yet been announced.
Ted Bundy was a serial killer and rapist in the 1970's who admitted to 36 killings and is suspected of having committed up to 100. Bundy was put to death via the electric chair in 1989. His name has since become notoriously mentioned with all of the most well-known serial killers.
The true crime genre has seen a surge in popularity in recent years thanks to the Serial podcast, Netflix's Making a Murderer and The Keepers and HBO's The Jinx. Most recently Netflix's Mindhunter from David Fincher explored the early days of the FBI's exploration of the criminal mind and the genesis of the term 'serial killer'.
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