Feb. 14 (UPI) — Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield appears alongside Zac Efron in a new set photo from the upcoming Ted Bundy drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
The film’s director, Joe Berlinger, who helmed the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, shared the image on Instagram Tuesday. The photo features Efron as Bundy and Hetfield as Utah highway patrol officer Bob Hayward, who was the first to arrest the serial killer in 1975.
“A special day on set of our little Bundy movie starring @zacefron and @lilyjcollins… Metallica is in the house as @papa_het_ plays Officer Bob Hayward in his first dramatic role. Having one of my musical heroes in our film is pretty damn awesome,” the filmmaker said, mentioning star Lilly Collins — who portrays Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile marks the first dramatic role for Hetfield. He has appeared in films and television shows as himself.
“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 said in a statement about the rockstar’s casting. “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 Kloepfer, who turned Bundy into police after he raped and murdered more than 30 girls and young women. He was executed in Florida in 1989.
The film also stars Kaya Scodelario as Bundy’s ex-wife Carole Ann Boone, who had an ongoing relationship with the killer throughout his televised 1979 trial.