Michael Werwie‘s upcoming Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is shaping up to be an all-star project. With a line up including John Malkovich as Judge Edward Cowart and Zac Efron as Bundy himself, there’s a lot to look forward to.
The film will tell the story of serial murderer and rapist Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his long term girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, portrayed by To The Bone‘s Lily Collins. Despite not learning about many of his crimes until after his incarcerations, Kloepfer was key in Bundy’s arrest. After noticing that his late nights out coincided with some high profile murders, Kloepfer reported her boyfriend to the police and played a crucial role in bringing him to justice.
Following on from the behind-the-scenes sneak peeks that he’s been dropping across social media, Zac Efron recently posted a new picture on Instagram offering the first look at Lily Collins as Kloepfer.
The post shows Efron and Collins laughing together, with the caption “When Ted met Liz”.
It’s a sweet, meet-cute photo that could easily be taken from a romantic comedy,
but takes on a chilling new depth when you consider the darkness and depravity that is about to unfold in the couple’s story.
It will be interesting to see how the relationship will be depicted on the big screen.
Kloepfer met Bundy in a bar in 1969 – the same year he attempted to kidnap a woman, but two years before he first killed. Young, vulnerable and in search of a father figure for her young daughter, Kloepfer was taken in by Bundy’s manipulative charm.
During the six years that they were together, Kloepfer endured copious amounts of psychological abuse and manipulation. Although she endured his abuse for the sake of her family, the thought of him hurting other women was the fuel she needed to finally report him to police.
Her struggle during this time is bound to make for an intense movie that explores the real impact that evil has on the people closest to it.