Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for The Highwaymen, a new cops & robbers thriller based on a true story of the former Texas Rangers (played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) who captured and killed the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The film is set to have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 10.
Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Harrelson), are drawn out of retirement in a last-ditch effort to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde in 1934. The former lawmen were out of the Texas Rangers by the time Bonnie and Clyde began their reign but were commissioned as special investigators to put an end to the crime spree. The couple was believed to have committed 13 murders as well as several robberies and burglaries. The Highwaymen will follow the vantage point of Costner and Harrelson’s Texas Rangers, and the posse they specifically assembled to hunt down the notorious outlaws.
Check out the trailer for The Highwaymen below:
This is Costner’s first appearance in a feature since his supporting role in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, though he has been really turning into good work as the star of the Western drama series Yellowstone for Paramount TV. Meanwhile, Harrelson just doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In 2018 alone he appeared in such tentpole movies as Solo: A Star Wars Story and Venom, though the later was most definitely an afterthought cameo. The rest of the film’s cast includes such great character actors like Kathy Bates (Misery, Titanic), Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Gone Girl), and John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac).
This is the latest film from director John Lee Hancock and written by Marco Polo creator John Fusco. Hancock is following up his 2016 drama The Founder after coming off a series of overtly inspiring true stories such as Saving Mr. Banks and The Blind Side. Even though Hancock has spent most of his career making these sort of inspiring, family-oriented dramas, The Highwaymen marks a rare venture into R-rated territory.
You can also check out the rather bland poster for the Netflix film below:
Check out The Highwaymen when it plays in theaters on March 15th before arriving on Netflix on March 29th.