James Hetfield is set to show fans another of his talents, with Deadline reporting the Metallica frontman has joined the cast of an upcoming big-screen biopic about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
Hetfield, 54, is the latest addition to “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”, which focuses on Bundy’s horrific homicide spree and eventual capture in 1975. With Zac Efron heading the cast as Bundy, other stars in the film include Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Terry Kinney and Dylan Baker.
According to Deadline, Hetfield will portray 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.”
While Hetfield has appeared in various TV and film productions as himself, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” marks the first dramatic role for the rocker.
“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,” said the film’s director, Joe Berlinger (who co-directed the 2004 documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”), in a 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.”
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is currently in production, with a release date yet to be set.