Director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost) and Metallica front-man James Hetfield have shocked everyone with the recent announcement that The Het is the latest addition to the cast of Berlinger’s Ted Bundy drama.
Anyone who’s seen Metallica: Some Kind of Monster or has read Metallica: This Monster Lives know it is obvious that Berlinger is huge Metallica fan. The documentary film-maker’s love letter to the legendary heavy metal band documented their struggle to replace bassist Jason Newsted, work on a new album, and deal with their internal issues. His work left audiences seeing the band and it’s members in a very real and very raw light.
Berlinger is currently doing what he does best, making films revolving around true stories, with his upcoming drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile focusing on infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. The film will star Zac Efron (Paperboy) as Bundy and Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) as his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer. It seems that Berlinger is reviving his little Metallica love fest by enlisting one of his “musical heroes”, Hetfield, to play the role of the officer who accidentally crosses paths with Bundy and ultimately arrests him.
I thought the rest of the supporting cast including Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), John Malkovich (Burn After Reading), Dylan Baker (Trick ‘r Treat), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) was impressive before, but the addition of James Hetfield as Officer Bob Hayward has been the biggest, sweetest cherry on top of of this project. This will be Hetfield’s first dramatic role debut, but based on the picture below posted by both Berlinger and Metallica’s social media accounts he seems to fit the part of serious actor very well.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will chronicle Bundy’s budding relationship with Kloepfer while he leaves a trail of brutalized female victims over seven states in the 1970’s. The film’s story will be told in Kloepfer’s main point of view which will provide a unique and alternative take on one of the most horrific and notorious men in national history.
So far no release date has been confirmed for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, but with the amount of stills being released on Berlinger and Efron’s instagrams within the past few weeks it seems like production is moving right along. Hetfield joining this film now truly gives meaning to the title word ‘wicked‘. All horns to heaven!