Metallica frontman James Hetfield will soon make his big-screen acting debut as he joins the cast of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” an upcoming thriller film from Voltage Pictures, Variety reports.
The film will focus on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. Currently in production, the film will be shown from the perspective of Elizabeth. It was unveiled at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and features Zac Efron as Bundy with Lily Collins playing his girlfriend.
Hetfield is set to 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 killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.”
Joe Berlinger is helming “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” He was nominated in 2012 for an Oscar Best Documentary Feature in 2012 with the late Bruce Sinofsky for helming “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.”
Hetfield’s casting might seem to come out of left field, but Hetfield and Berlinger had actually collaborated previously when Berlinger and Sinofsky directed and produced “Some Kind of Monster,” the 2004 rock documentary which follows Metallica throughout studio rehearsals and features various concert footage of the band. Later that year, Berlinger released a book “Metallica: This Monster Lives,” which chronicled his experiences during the creation of the documentary.
Other previously announced cast of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” were John Malkovich, Haley Joel Osment, Jim Parsons, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan Terry Kinney and Dylan Baker.