Thirty years ago, infamous serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in the Florida State Prison for the confessed murders of at least 30 women. Handsome and conniving, Bundy evaded the law for many years, recklessly toying with the legal system and everyone in his orbit. This duplicity has made him the subject of much fascination in the decades since his death. Now, a new film will tell his story.
Efron is putting his own inherent charm to good use here, though he isn’t necessarily the main focus of the film. It’s actually told through the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who dated him until his arrest in 1975, and who suspected her lover of the crimes well before that. Kaya Scodelario plays Carol Anne Boone, the woman who married Bundy when he was in prison and later bore him a child. John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, and Dylan Baker round out the cast.
The film was directed by Joe Berlinger, the man behind the Oscar-winning true crime documentary trilogy Paradise Lost, about the West Memphis Three. Earlier this year, Berlinger also released Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a four-part documentary series on Netflix that mined material from over 100 hours of new interviews and archival footage surrounding the Bundy trials. The footage served as research for this film, which will weave real-life factoids into its narrative.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It lands on Netflix on May 3.