Zac Efron’s transformation into infamous serial killer Ted Bundy can be seen arguing with Jim Parsons as Larry Simpson on the set of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Efron has been sharing new pictures from the set of he and Parsons in their late 1970s wardrobe and you can see Efron’s charming Bundy character on full display. Parsons plays Larry Simpson, who was the lead prosecutor who convicted Bundy in a Miami courtroom. This is the first time that we’ve seen Jim Parsons as Simpson in the new movie.
Though Ted Bundy had 5 court appointed attorneys, he largely took care of most of his defense against Larry Simpson. Jim Parsons portrays Simpson and it’s imagined that both he and Zac Efron have been studying all of the court reports from the over 250 journalists that covered the world-famous trial. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile tells the story through the perspective of Elizabeth (played by Lily Collins) who was Bundy’s long-time girlfriend.
Zac Efron shared a different picture than Jim Parsons’ and it features the latter giving Efron’s Ted Bundy an icy glance. Efron is wearing a large bowtie in the photo and jokingly captioned it, “What’s wrong @therealjimparsons? You don’t like the bow tie?” Parsons also commented on the wardrobe, calling it “period garb,” in his picture from the set of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The two definitely look like they are trapped in the 1970s, but the wardrobe will more than likely be the last thing that anyone is focused on when the movie hits theaters.
A few weeks ago we were treated to the first photo of Metallica’s James Hetfield from the set of Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as police officer Bob Hayward, the first person to arrest Ted Bundy in 1975. However, Bundy later escaped while acting as his own attorney in 1977 in Aspen, Colorado. He was only a fugitive for 6 days before he was arrested again. The trial was later moved to Miami, which is where Jim Parsons’ Larry Simpson comes into the story. Simpson successfully convicted Bundy, which resulted in the death penalty.
Director Joe Berlinger is no stranger to true crime. The director is responsible for the Paradise Lost documentary series about the West Memphis Three, who were accused of murdering 3 young boys. Paradise Lost documents the 20-year ordeal of The West Memphis Three from arrest to conviction, through years of unsuccessful legal efforts, to a final successful appeal that resulted in their release in the summer of 2012. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is expected to be a powerful film and even looking at these new set pictures shows off a contentious relationship between Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy and Jim Parsons’ Larry Simpson. You can check out the new photos from the set below, thanks to Zac Efron’s Instagram account.