Metallica frontman James Hetfield has been cast in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, an upcoming film about serial killer Ted Bundy, starring Zac Efron as Bundy. Hetfield, in his first major dramatic role, will play Officer Bob Hayward, described in a press release as a “no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran.” The film will be directed by Joe Berlinger, who also directed and produced the 2004 Metallica documentary, Some Kind of Monster. “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 says 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.”
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