Metallica’s James Hetfield Joins Cast of Ted Bundy Film

Zac Efron’s movie about infamous serial killer Ted Bundy has gained another famous cast member. James Hetfield, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the legendary metal band Metallica, has joined the cast. We have all the news on who Hetfield is playing in the story and how he got the part.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has joined the cast of a movie on serial killer Ted Bundy. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars Zac Efron.

From Stadium Stage to Screen

On the surface, it may seem a little weird that Hetfield has managed to land a role in this big-name movie. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has been trending ever since Zac Efron was cast as the charismatic and handsome killer Ted Bundy. But there is a connection.

The director of the film, Joe Berlinger, is best known as a director of documentaries, specifically a famous documentary on the West Memphis Three, Paradise Lost. But Berlinger has also worked with Hetfield before, on the documentary Some Kind of Monster, which followed Metallica from 2001 to 2004.

Berlinger had this to say in a statement about this casting choice for the Bundy movie:

“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. 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 is said to focus on Bundy’s early years, from the perspective of Bundy’s girlfriend at the time, Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins.

Who Was Bob Hayward?

James Hetfield has been cast as Bob Hayward. Hayward was a Utah state trooper who, via dumb luck and strong instinct, arrested Ted Bundy in Utah for what seemed to be an incident unrelated to the unsolved serial murders at the time.

Hayward was filling out paperwork when a “Volkswagen” passed his cruiser. When a call went over the radio for assistance, Hayward went to respond, but took a wrong turn into a neighborhood that he was familiar with.

The Volkswagen was parked in front of a house and Hayward happened to know the owners weren’t home. He also knew the homeowner’s daughters were home.

As Hayward pulled up, the Volkswagen took off. After a chase, the Volkswagen pulled into a gas station. Ted Bundy exited the car and lied to Hayward about where he had been. Hayward arrested him.

So Bundy was off the streets for a period of time.

This was before anyone had known what Bundy had done/would continue to do. By all accounts, Hayward probably prevented a murder that night. But in the end, Bundy would be released without charges and his path to infamy would resume.