Dane DeHaan has been cast in the lead role in the forthcoming Metallica film.

The Chronicle star will feature alongside bandmembers in their upcoming film, which is titled Metallica: Through the Never.

According to the filmmakers, he will play a member of Metallica's crew 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".

The project will be the first release from the newly-revived film marketing and distribution company Picturehouse and will be directed by Nimród Antal.

Picturehouse CEO Bob Berney said: "Nim and the band have made a film that really captures the spirit of Metallica and their millions of loyal fans.

"It's an entertaining genre film with a concert inside it, a fun ride featuring an exciting young actor, Dane DeHaan. It's a very cool project to reboot Picturehouse with."

Metallica: Through the Never is scheduled for release on August 9.