The Metallica frontman will portray Officer Bob Hayward in his big-screen acting debut in the upcoming Ted Bundy film “Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer.
Hetfield has appeared in other films and television shows, including the Showtime series Billions in 2016. But his role in the Bundy film marks the first time the Metallica lead singer will portray a character.
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Officer Bob Hayward 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 also has plenty of familiarity with Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile director Joe Berlinger, who previously helmed the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster as well as the West Memphis Three documentary Paradise Lost, which featured the heavy metal band’s music.
“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 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.”
Hetfield is currently on the road with Metallica on their WorldWired tour. The band was recently nominated for Grammy Awards in the Best Rock Album and Best Song categories for their November 2017 release, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct and “Atlas, Rise!” but lost to the War on Drugs and Foo Fighters, respectively.
Netflix purchased the film for $9 million after its premiere after the Sundance Film Festival.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” still has no set release date.