The upcoming film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time, had no knowledge of the crimes. Metallica front man, James Hetfield, will join the cast playing Officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975. This will be Hetfield’s first dramatic role taking on a different character.
Academy-award nominee Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost) will direct. Hetfield and Berlinger have crossed paths before, when Berlinger directed and produced Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. “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,” says director Joe Berlinger.  “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.”
The original screenplay, written by Michael Werwie, won the Nicholl Fellowship first prize and was featured on the Black List.  The project was announced by Voltage Pictures at Cannes 2017. Production is already underway.