The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons is taking on a role in a decidedly darker new drama film this year. He’s the latest cast member to join the new movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, which stars Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy.
Parsons will play Larry Simpson, who was the lead prosecutor in the 1979 trial that convicted Bundy of his crimes in Miami, Florida.
The rest of the cast includes Oscar-nominee John Malkovich, Lily Collins, Jeffrey Donovan, and Grace Victoria Cox (star of the new Paramount Network drama, Heathers).
Haley Joel Osment, Dylan Baker, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, and Terry Kinney also have supporting roles in the new film.
Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger is behind the camera for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, though he’s more known for his documentary work.
Berlinger’s most famous project is the Paradise Lost trilogy, which focused on Arkansas’ West Memphis Three and eventually helped lead to their release from prison.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile has been filming in Covington, Kentucky since production began in mid-January.
The film is set to tell the story of Ted Bundy through the eyes of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who was unaware of his dark nature.
Set photos from the new movie have shown Efron looking eerily similar to Bundy, who was known for his charismatic good looks.
Efron himself has shared several of the behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, showing off Bundy’s infamous Volkswagen Beetle.
This won’t be the first time Bundy’s story has been told on the big screen, though; there have been multiple versions of the tale over the years.
NCIS star Mark Harmon originally played Bundy in the 1986 television movie, The Deliberate Stranger. Billy Campbell, Michael Reilly Burke, Cary Elwes, Corin Nemec, and James Marsters have all played the serial killer in different productions over the years.