Metallica’s James Hetfield’s First Movie Role is in a Ted Bundy Biopic Starring Zac Efron

Matt Inman on February 12, 2018

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has landed his first official acting role in a film (he’s played himself in previous outings), and it’s both what you might expect and very much not.

First, it’s a biopic about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Yeah, that pretty much checks out. Who’s playing Bundy, you ask? Well, Zac Efron, of course. I will say that Efron, though most well-known for his breakout in High School Musical and turns in comedies like Neighbors, Neighbors 2 and the Baywatch remake, might be a fine choice. He’s just not exactly the type of guy you’d expect Metallica’s James Hetfield to appear in a Ted Bundy biopic with. Then again, a lot has changed since the ’80s. 

Congrats to James, though, who, according to Deadline, will be playing Officer Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrolman who was the first to arrest Bundy in 1975. Also set to appear in the film are Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Haley Joel Osment, so Hetfield has a pretty good cast for his first film role. Less congrats to the person who named the movie though. While Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is most assuredly an apt description of Bundy’s acts—maybe it’s even taken from a famous quote about him of which I’m unaware—it almost sounds like the name of a serial killer biopic spoof (which, for the record, I think Efron and Hetfield would nail). 

For Extremely Wicked, Hetfield will be teaming back up with director Joe Berlinger, who helmed the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster and wrote the book This Monster Lives about the experience. I mean, come on, right there we have two considerably better titles for this movie.