Netflix announced today what Deadline told you last summer. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are playing Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault in The Highwaymen from director John Lee Hancock. This was the project that goes back far enough that it once had Paul Newman and Robert Redford ready to play those roles, before Newman’s health failed. Hamer and Gault came out of retirement to hunt down the notorious bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Shooting has begun in Louisiana. Casey Silver and his Casey Silver Productions is producing. Joining the lead lawmen are Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann and William Sadler.
The Highwaymen is written by John Fusco, Scott Frank and Hancock. Fusco, who originated the project and spent years tracking down the iconic lawman Hamer to tell his story. He will have his own take on that journey that Deadline will post right after this lands.
The lawmen were out of the Rangers by the time Bonnie & Clyde started their robbery reign, but were commissioned as special investigators, coaxed by a consortium of banks to assemble a posse and end the spree of the notorious gang reputed to have killed 13 cops and others. The details are different than the version depicted in the 1967 Arthur Penn-directed Bonnie and Clyde, which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Highwaymen takes the vantage point of the formidable posse headed by Hamer, an old-style Texas Ranger who’d survived 100 gunfights and killed 53 people.
The exec producers are Michael Malone, Costner, Rod Lake, and Harrelson.
Hancock and Harrelson are repped by CAA; Costner by WME; Bates by ICM; Dickens by Gersh; Mann by Industry Entertainment and UTA; Lynch by Suskin Management; Sadler by INSURGE-Ent; Fusco by UTA; Frank by CAA.