The film stars Dan DeHaan as young roadie Trip, who’s sent on an errand ahead of a Metallica show and finds himself in a strange parallel universe.
The thrash giants wanted to make a concert movie like no other before it – and drummer Lars Ulrich believes they’ve achieved that, with the help of director Nimrod Antal.
Ulrich tells I Am Rogue: “When Metallica does these things we have a tendency to jump forward and we don’t plan things through. We need people who are willing to take those jumps, don’t ask too many questions and are ready to go along for the ride. Nimrod went for it. I spoke to a lot of people in Hollywood about what kind of partner we needed and Nimrod was the first one who bought into it.
“We wanted to do a different take on a concert film. We figured one way of doing that, a movie we’d never seen before, was to have a concert and a narrative and to have those worlds interweave. You follow him closely and you follow the concert and it unwinds in real time. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and we’re very proud of that.”
Actor DeHaan – who lent his name to Metallica for a recent secret set – shares Ulrich’s views. He says: “I pretty much have to go through hell and back, and all of this is going on during the concert, so it all ties together really beautifully and uniquely. It’s unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before. It’s almost like a concert movie meets The Wall meets Metallica.”
Metallica Through The Never opens in cinemas in September.