He is playing a cop in old friend Joe Berlinger's Ted Bundy biopic, which is headlined by Zac Efron in the lead role. Yeah, that pretty much checks out. Today delivers one of the most intriguing casting choices as Metallica frontman James Hetfield is joining Berlinger's film. Then again, a lot has changed since the '80s.
In the movie, Hetfield will play Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrol officer who arrested Bundy in 1975. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile also features Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Haley Joel Osment. Less congrats to the person who named the movie though.
Metallica star James Hetfield has joined the cast of Zac Efron's new Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
The film is being directed by Joe Berlinger, who helmed the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, as well as writing the book Metallica: This Monster Lives. James Hetfield does have credits for providing his voice to the Skylanders Academy video game and he has played himself in various projects, but this will be his first dramatic role where he will play a different character.
It will be interesting to see how Hetfield will be able to act in what is essentially his first real movie role.
The film, which is now in production, centers on the relationship between Bundy, played by Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, portrayed by Collins, who at the time, had no knowledge of the crimes. From there, Berlinger and Sinofsky made the documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, which obsessively scrutinizes the band's contemptuous relationship while they try to record their album St. Anger. In addition to that, she kept in contact with Bundy after he was arrested, tried and sentenced to death. A release date has not yet been set.