Joe Berlinger, director of Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is known for his documentaries on both true crime and Metallica. The director has managed to include both of his biggest interests in his new film by choosing Metallica frontman, James Hetfield, to star in it.
The film will will star Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and Lily Collins as his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer. The story of the Bundy murders will be told from “the point of view of Kloepfer during the multi-year period that Bundy hid his murder spree from his live-in lover.”
James Hetfield, who has been announced as a new addition to the cast, will play Utah highway patrolman Bob Hayward, “the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.”
Berlinger commented on the casting decision:
“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.”
Ted Bundy was a prolific serial killer and rapist in the 1970s, who admitted to 36 killings and is suspected of having committed up to 100. He was put to death via the electric chair in 1989, and his name has since become synonymous with the term “serial killer”.
Following years of living in denial that Bundy could be responsible for his heinous crimes, Kloepfer eventually turned him into the police, but to her horror, she only discovered the true extent of his actions when he began talking about them as he got close to his execution date.
Filming is currently underway in Covington, Kentucky.