Metallica frontman James Hetfield to star alongside Zac Efron in Ted Bundy biopic
Metallica frontman James Hetfield will make his acting debut in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the new biopic of serial killer Ted Bundy.
Hetfield will star alongside Zac Efron, who plays Bundy, and will take the role of Officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975.
Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers in history. During the early 1970s, he murdered numerous girls and young women in various states in America, eventually confessing to killing 30 of them just before his execution, though it's thought the actual number of victims is much higher than that.
The movie will be directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, who worked on the acclaimed Paradise Lost, the trio of documentaries about the plight of the West Memphis Three. Michael Werwie, writer of Lost Girls, has provided the script.
Speaking to Deadline about the casting, Berlinger, who also directed Metallica's warts'n'all documentary Some Kind Of Monster, said of Hetfield's casting: "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."
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be told from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's longtime girlfriend, who spent years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him into the police.
Lily Collins will play Kloepfer, while John Malkovich will also star as Judge Edward Cowart, who presided over Bundy's murder trial in 1979 and sentenced him to death.