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First photo surfaces of Metallica’s James Hetfield in acting debut

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The first photo has surfaced of Metallica frontman James Hetfield in costume on the set of the the upcoming thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile. Director Joe Berlinger shared the photo, saying, “Having one of my musical heroes in our film is pretty damn awesome.” Hetfield will play officer Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in 1975.

  • The film follows the relationship between Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy’s crimes.
  • While Hetfield has played himself in other films and TV productions, along with doing voiceover work, this will be his first dramatic role in a live-action feature film. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has appeared in a handful of films in small supporting roles.
  • Berlinger was one of the co-directors of the 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster.
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile is in production now but a release date and distributor for the picture have yet to be announced.

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