Metallica reveals intense footage from new 3D film
From left, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, of musical Metallica, attend the "Metallica Through the Never" press line on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 19, 2103 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A riot in the streets, a public hanging, bloody handprints, car crashes, a police officer being drowned and giant coffins above the stage — "Metallica Through The Never" is not your average concert film.
It was Metallica Day at Comic-Con on Friday and the four members of the California-based heavy metal band debuted footage from their new 3D film for thousands of fans at the annual all-things-geek gathering.
"The world just turned upside down," drummer Lars Ulrich said as fans raised devil's horns and shouted after the band took the stage.
Equal parts "Road Warrior," ''Batman Returns" and Metallica's dark imagination, a preview clip of the R-rated film features a series of intentionally disturbing images crossed with concert footage that brought shouts of approval from the 7,000 fans who waited all day to get inside Hall H for the panel.
Actor Dane DeHaan plays the lead character in the Nimrod Antal film, opening Sept. 27 on IMAX screens. He's a roadie sent on a mission to recover a broken-down truck and a secret package by the band during a concert. What he finds along the way is completely unexpected — and took DeHaan a while to process when he was handed a 15-page script that included no dialogue.
"I don't actually talk in the movie at all," DeHaan said. "So much crazy s--- happens in the movie it took me 10 times reading it till I had any kind of semblance of what happens in the movie."
DeHaan's journey is intercut with scenes of the band performing on a massive stage that features flames and many of the effects images the band has used over the years. Singer James Hetfield hinted the band might take the stage on tour after the film is released.
Bassist Robert Trujillo says the band spent nearly two crucible-like weeks in Mexico City rehearsing in front of a live audience before shooting began in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kirk Hammett, of musical group Metallica, speaks to media at the "Metallica Through the Never" press line on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 19, 2103 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"We just take these things and run with it," he said. "It's a very edge-of-your-seat existence. When I first joined the band our first gig was San Quentin State Prison. And here we've got 20,000 Mexicans screaming against a chain link fence, so by the time we got to Vancouver, we were like, 'We got this.' So the whole thing over the course of the year has just been a wild ride. It's really exciting to see it get to where it is now. It's almost weird. Wow we're here."