Zac Efron will star as Ted Bundy in the new serial killer biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In addition to Jim Parsons and John Malkovich, the movie will also be the debut of Metallica legend James Hetfield.
James Hetfield will play “a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement official to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.”
It’s unclear if this will be a small or large role but it’s certainly an important one for the story.
Metallica Star James Hetfield Portrays Character
James Hetfield has been in some other films and a few television shows like Showtime’s Billions, but this is the first role where he plays a character. This is a major difference between a celebrity just making a background cameo.
Hetfield is friends with the director of the film, Joe Berlinger. The movie’s director worked on Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster. In addition, he’s also worked on Paradise Lost about the West Memphis Three.
The second documentary also featured the music of Metallica.
Movie Shows The Charismatic Killer, Ted Bundy
The director told the press, “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,” added the director.
So far, there hasn’t been a release date for the film but it is currently listed as “in production.” Since Efron will be portraying Bundy, it’s likely the movie will be more about the charismatic killer, instead of a mystery story like David Fincher’s Zodiac.
According to IMDb, “A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.”
Are you looking forward to this serial killer biopic that features James Hetfield?