In a first for A&E Networks, the cablers Lifetime, A&E and History will unite to simulcast the four-hour, two-night major event Bonnie & Clyde, a new retelling of the most famous criminals of the modern era.
‘Bonnie & Clyde’ will star actor Emile Hirsch (‘Into the Wild’) and Holliday Grainger (‘The Borgias’ and the upcoming ‘Great Expectations’) in the title roles of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the Depression-era outlaw couple whose criminal exploits have assured them lasting fame for eight decades. The film will follow the tale of the legendary couple’s crime spree, focusing on the rumored sixth-sense of Barrow, who was always able to stay one step ahead of the law. His one blind spot, though, was Parker, who was intent on becoming famous and fed on the alluring media attention, pushing Barrow to commit riskier and more dangerous crime and generating bigger headlines.
The cast will include award-winning actress Holly Hunter (‘Saving Grace’ and ‘The Piano’)as Emma Parker, Bonnie’s mother; award-winning actor William Hurt (‘Too Big to Fail’) as Frank Hamer, the Texas Ranger who pursued them; ‘Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland as Blanche Barrow, Clyde’s sister-in-law; actor Lane Garrison (‘Prison Break’) as Clyde’s brother Buck and actress Elizabeth Reaser (the ‘Twilight’ saga films) as P.J. Lane, a writer tracking the Barrow gang.
‘Bonnie & Clyde’ was written by John Rice and Joe Batteer (‘Windtalkers’ and ‘Blown Away’) and directed by Bruce Beresford (‘Tender Mercies’). The mini-series was produced by Sony Pictures Television with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘The Bucket List’) as executive producers.
‘Bonnie & Clyde’ will debut on Lifetime, A&E and History on Sunday, December 8 and Monday, December 9 at 9/8c each night.