John Malkovich, known for his performances in films such as Con Air and Of Mice and Men, has been cast as Judge Edward Cowart in Joe Berlinger’s upcoming Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Cowart was the presiding judge for Bundy’s trial in 1979, imposing the death sentence upon its conclusion.
Cowart is also known for his comments at Bundy’s sentencing in which he expressed admiration for the killer’s character and a sincere disappointment at the decision he had to make:
“Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity… You’re a bright young man.
You would have made a good lawyer and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.”
Judge Edward Cowart (left), John Malcovich (right)
Malkovich will star alongside High School Musical alumni Zac Efron. Efron will play the charismatic serial killer in what could be a breakout dramatic performance after a series of solid comedic outings.
The story will be told from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins, Bundy’s long-term girlfriend who expressed suspicions about Bundy’s behaviour to the police during his murder spree.
The movie is currently in pre-production but has a strong cast and a disturbing true-life story to adapt, making it one to look out for when it gets a concrete release date.
Watch footage of Judge Edward Cowart speaking to Ted Bundy in court: