Metallica's James Hetfield lands first on-screen role in Ted Bundy biopic

The multi platinum artist is set to star in Ted Bundy biopic 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’, starring Zac Efron as Bundy.

                            Metallica's James Hetfield lands first on-screen role in Ted Bundy biopic

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has landed his first film role. As Deadline reports, he’s been cast in the upcoming Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron. Specifically, Hetfield will play Officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the serial killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.

Although Hetfield has several movie and TV show cameo performances to his name, (including that very confusing American Dad episode where the swimming coach may or may not have been James Hetfield!) this will be his first dramatic role in a full-length feature film.

'Extremely Wicked’ is the second instance where Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger has worked with Hetfield: The former directed and produced the seminal rock documentary 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster’. He also penned a book about the band, called 'This Monster Lives’. In a statement, Berlinger said that he offered the role to Hetfield based on his experience with the Metallica frontman’s “charisma and powerful presence.”

First look at Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in the upcoming biopic, 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ (Image Credits: Instagram / @zacefron)

“Having spent hundreds of hours behind the scenes with James and the rest of Metallica, I have experienced his charisma and powerful presence close up,” Berlinger said in the statement. “It seemed only natural that he would bring that same power and magnetism to a dramatic role, so when he agreed to my pitch that he be in the movie, I was thrilled.”

The Grammy and multi-Platinum and Gold Award winning artist joins a heavily stacked cast including John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, and more.

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