On their website in a post entitled "M3D," the band revealed that the movie will be called Metallica Through the Never, a reference to the Metallica track "Through the Never." As for the plotline, there's a press release from the film's distributor, Picturehouse, that explains that Metallica Through the Never is "a feature film starring members of the iconic rock band and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). DeHaan plays 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."
No word yet about how wide a release this will be, but the movie is set to hit theaters on August 9. That's the same weekend that Elysium, which stars Matt Damon and is directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9), also opens. Music documentaries are nothing new -- Metallica, of course, were in Some Kind of Monster -- but Metallica Through the Never is an interesting hybrid that combines concert footage with a narrative, and, yes, apparently the band members will do some acting as well. But even that won't worry their fans: After all, these guys have shown off their thespian chops before, albeit in cartoon form.
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