Metallica frontman James Hetfield conquered the world of metal.
For decades the thrash pioneer assaulted the genre with his chunky riffs and trademark snarl.
Now he is moving on to something different than what is expected of him.
According to a recent press release, Hetfield has taken up a lead role as Officer Bob Hayward in the upcoming Voltage Pictures film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, a film which is based on the capture of serial killer Ted Bundy in 1975.
Though this is not Hetfield’s first role in a film, this is his first dramatic role where he played someone other than himself.
Hayward is according to the press release 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.”
Hetfield’s director in the film Joe Berlinger, who has worked with him before on films like Metallica’s rock-doc Some Kind of Monster, is thrilled to work with him again and has been singing his praises.
“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. “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.”
Co-starring in the upcoming movie will be Zac Efron as Bundy and Lily Collins as Bundy’s girlfriend who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy’s crimes.
Also starring are Haley Joel Osment, John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Terry Kinney, and Dylan Baker in other roles.
No release date for the movie has been given at press time.
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