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First Look: See James Hetfield In Character for Upcoming Ted Bundy Film

By: Scott T. Sterling

February 14, 2018

After learning yesterday (Feb. 12) that James Hetfield is tackling his debut big-screen acting role in the upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, we now have the first photo of the Metallica frontman in character.

The movie’s director, Joe Berlinger, wrote on Instagram, “Having one of my musical heroes in our film is pretty damn awesome.”

The post (below) reveals Hetfield in character, clad in a Utah police uniform and indeed sporting close-cropped hair. The image also reveals Efron in the role of the notorious serial killer Bundy.

A #special #day on #set of our little #bundy #movie starring @zacefron and @lilyjcollins ... @metallica is in the house as #jameshetfield @papa_het_ plays Officer Bob Hayward in the #metal #god 's #first #dramatic #role #cleancut Having one of my #musical #heroes in our #film is #pretty #damn #awesome Photo by @brian_douglas_stills

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Berlinger’s Metallica connection is a strong one: He directed the band’s 2004 documentary,  Metallica: Some Kind of Monster