Metallica's 3D film will not only be a documentary, but part-drama as well. Dane DeHaan ("Lawless," "Chronicle") will be co-starring beside the metal band in "Metallica Through the Never," due August 9, as "a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down."
As previously reported, Nimród Antal ("Kontroll") is at the helm of the film, which is named for one of the legendary crew's songs (below). The concert footage was shot in August at a Metallica show in Vancouver, and it will get released via Picturehouse, the movie distributor that has described the "Never" release as a "re-opening" of its doors.
Picturehouse was behind the release of Guillermo del Toro's breakout "Pan's Labyrinth," as well as recent audience faves like "Black Dynamite" and "Drive." So, while Metallica has now launched their own music festival, they're flexing their muscles in yet another powerful entertainment sphere, helping with this marketing and distribution reboot. The company expects to release another couple of movies by year-end, and have made a multi-year contract with Netflix.
This, of course, isn't the first time the heavy metal band's hit the silver screen. The excellent 2004 doc "Some Kind of Monster" was a lower-key look at the band, during a time of personnel change and struggle with the internet economy in the early 2000s. This new one is likely to give live music show fans a little more of what they want.
No doubt, the band will be performing more concerts around the date of the 3D film, but in the meantime have shows only scheduled for outside the U.S., in Australia, Brazil, Japan and South Africa.
Read the full film announcement here.