In what will be her first TV starring role since the end of her hugely popular Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus is in negotiations to play the female lead in a new Bonnie & Clyde miniseries, executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. In the biggest synergy move between new siblings History and Lifetime, the four-hour mini, originally developed for History, will now air on both male-driven History and female-focused Lifetime. This is the first time A+E Networks is producing a program to be shared by two of its channels in an effort to reach both female and male audiences with the classic story of two of America’s most famous outlaws.
Bonnie & Clyde, from Sony Pictures TV and Zadan and Meron’s studio-based Storyline Entertainment, was written by John Rice and Joe Batteer based on the true story of bank robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. In the most famous screen version of the 1930s story to date, the 1967 Oscar-winning movie, Bonnie was played by Faye Dunaway.
Cyrus recently returned to TV with a guest arc on Two And A Half Men. She will next be seen in LOL. In addition to Bonnie & Clyde, Zadan and Meron have a biopic of Anna Nicole Smith in the works at Lifetime. The project, also written by Rice and Batteer, is now casting. History is riding high on the success of its Western miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Lifetime has another biopic toplined by a famous former child star, the Lindsay Lohan-starring Liz & Dick, coming up in November.