No one would think that Metallica’s frontman, James Hetfield, and Zac Efron would ever be mentioned in the same sentence. But history has been made, as Hetfield will be making his dramatic acting debut in the new Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile.
James Hetfield will be playing Officer Bob Hayward, the first policeman to arrest Bundy in 1975. This is not the first time that the Metallica lead singer has worked with director Joe Berlinger. Berlinger co-directed the band’s 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster and wrote the book Metallica: The Monster Lives. Berlinger also worked on the West Memphis 3 Paradise Lost documentaries that featured the band’s music.
Berlinger issued a statement about Hetfield’s involvement. He told Rolling Stone this:
“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. 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 film is still currently in production and there is no release date set. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile also stars Lily Collins as Bundy’s longtime girlfriend. Jim Parsons, John Malkovich, Angela Sarafyan and Haley Joel Osment also star in the film.