Tom Spicer, who has Fragile X Syndrome (on the autism spectrum), has one lifelong dream: to meet Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Tom has spent the past twenty five years at a residential care home in the English countryside separated from his family until his siblings, Kate and William Spicer, decide to help make Tom’s dream come true. When Kate and William share their idea to plan a road trip following Metallica as they tour along the west coast of the United States, Tom is game — at first. But as complications on the road arise – from finding himself in unfamiliar locations, to navigating his way through massive crowds of fans – Tom must wrestle with the challenges of living with autism in order to realize his dream. Meanwhile, Kate and William come face-to-face with the physical and psychological reality of their brother’s disorder while pursuing the nearly impossible chance of getting backstage access to one of the most iconic rock stars of all time.
Can the Spicer siblings make it? Will Lars Ulrich show up? MISSION TO LARS manages to combine rock music, autism, and dysfunctional families to moving and sometimes hilarious effect. Featuring cameo appearances by retired adult film actress and now heavy metal VJ Jasmine St. Claire, Slayer guitarist Kerry King and, of course, members of Metallica, MISSION TO LARS is William Spicer and James Moore’s deeply personal and incredibly ambitious directorial debut, which was greeted enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike upon its release in the filmmakers’ country of origin, the U.K.
MISSION TO LARS will open in select theaters (including NYC) and iTunes on September 25th as an exclusive preview before a wide VOD release.