19-year-old Bonnie Parker and her 21-year-old lover Clyde Barrow went on a three-year crime spree that covered the South, killing at least nine police officers and several civilians until their ultimate demise in 1934, courtesy of an up close and personal hail of bullets from law officers in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
Their story was stuff of legend when it was happening but really became part of the pop culture landscape when director Arthur Penn made Bonnie and Clyde (starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty) in 1967, which garnered 10 Oscar nominations – including all male and female acting categories – and two wins for Burnett Guffy (Best Cinematography) and Estelle Parsons (who most know as Roseanne’s mom Beverly in “Roseanne”) for Best Supporting Actress. Not to mention it’s on LOADS of lists including multiple “AFI 100 Years” lists, listed as #5 in AFI’s “Top Ten Gangster Films” and in 1992 was selected for preservation within the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for “being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
And now another version is about to hit the big screen.
According to The Wrap, “Game Of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke and X-Men: First Class/Days Of Future Past star Nicholas Hoult will take on the roles of Bonnie and Clyde in Go Down Together, based on the non-fiction book “Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde” written by Jeff Guinn with a script by Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air) and David Auburn (Proof).
Marissa McMahon (daughter-in-law of WWE patriarch Vince McMahon) paid for the book’s option and development and will produce alongside Sean Furst and Brian Furst with Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens, The Vow) as director…so that’s kind of exciting.
Since then, many MANY versions of these star-crossed, gun toting lovers have made their way to both the big and small screens but none of them seem to have left the same lasting impression that Penn’s movie made on film fans such as myself, and while I’m a bit nervous that two actors from across the pond are taking on these two American icons, I’m willing to give it a shot (no pun intended).
Any thoughts on this casting news? We’d love to hear it! Stay tuned.
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