Netflix has released the first image from The Highwaymen. The film is based on the true story of the former Texas Rangers (played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) who used their old school skills to track down and kill Bonnie & Clyde.
I’ve never really wondered about the detectives on the other end of the hail of bullets that killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. I never get to the end of Bonnie and Clyde and think, “But what about the detectives?” The synopsis may uphold these two detectives as the story worth telling, but that’s a little hard to do in the shadow of Arthur Penn’s 1967 film that’s one of the most important pictures of Hollywood’s Second Golden Age. Also, I’m not incredibly interested in two guys who say, “To hell with science! Let’s use instincts!” to catch criminals. Costner and Harrelson are great actors, but his doesn’t seem like a story worth telling, especially with a bland journeyman like John Lee Hancock at the helm. The most interesting aspect of this movie is probably how it will portray Bonnie and Clyde since they’re the antagonists this time around rather than the complex lovers we usually see.
Check out The Highwaymen image below. The film hits Netflix on March 29th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Highwaymen:
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.