Ted Bundy Movie Featuring the Acting Debut of Metallica’s James Hetfield Will Debut at the Sundance Film Festival

  • Axl Rosenberg

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. Words that can be used to describe the soundtrack of A Star is Born? Certainly! But it is also, you may recall, the title of a new movie about Ted Bundy which will include the acting debut of one Mr. James Hetfield (assuming you don’t count his voice-over guest spots on shows like The Simpsons and Metalocalypse). And while we still don’t know when us plebes will be able to see whether or not Papa Het fares better as a thespian than Lars Ulrich has, fancy-schmancy Hollywood types will be able to see the movie on January 26, when it premieres at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Hetfield will play Officer Bob Hayward, the Utah highway patrolman who first arrested Ted Bundy in 1975. Joe Berlinger, the acclaimed documentarian who co-directed Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster and the Paradise Lost movies about the West Memphis Three, helmed the movie. The flick also has quite a cast even without Hetfield: Zac Efron plays Bundy, Phil Collins’ (not Phil Collen’s) daughter, Lily, plays Bundy’s longtime gf, John Malkovich plays the judge who presided over Bundy’s trial, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons plays, uh, someone, and fucking Haley Joel Osment plays one of Hetfield’s fellow cops.

If you connect the dots here, that means there may very well be a scene in this movie where James Hetfield acts opposite Cyrus the Virus and the kid from The Sixth Sense. That alone may qualify Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile as the greatest film ever produced.

Hopefully we’ll get a trailer and general release info soon, but even if we don’t, expect to be able to read reviews of the movie by the end of the month.


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