Netflix 'The Highwaymen' and the long-awaited return of Kevin Costner to the A-list
Netflix 'The Highwaymen' sees two Texas Rangers, played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, pulled out of retirement to follow the trail of Bonnie and Clyde
Kevin Costner is all set to play a Texas Ranger in the upcoming Netflix movie 'The Highwaymen' which is based on the 'untold story of Bonnie and Clyde'.
In 'The Highwaymen', the actor plays Frank Hamer, a Texas Ranger who along with his ex-partner Maney Gault, played by Woody Harrelson, tracked down and killed Bonnie and Clyde. In the 1967 film 'Bonnie and Clyde', Hamer inaccurately portrayed as an "evil buffoon". The Netflix version, directed by John Lee Hancock, aims to redeem Hamer's life and work through Kevin Costner's character in the film.
The actor who is known for his iconic performances in 'Dances with the Wolves' and 'JFK' stuck to making one film in a year in the 2000s. The year 2014 was an exception with the actor appearing in five films. However, they did not help the actor regain his stature. He has more recently been seen in a handful of supporting roles in films such as 'Hidden Figures' and 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.
After a long time, Kevin Costner will now be seen playing the lead role in a film and this could very well mark his return as an outstanding actor. The actor is currently playing the lead in the TV show Yellowstone which has been renewed for a second season to be aired in 2019. However, 'The Highwaymen' marks an important milestone for the actor.
Costner, who is also an Academy Award-winning director, hasn't made a film since 2003 and, in an interview with The Telegraph, the actor had said, "I won’t make a movie unless I have the ability to do it the way I want. So I hold my breath for a very long time. At this point in my life, I don’t want to make a movie I don’t want to make or one that somehow gets manipulated in a way I don’t feel comfortable with."
His last directorial 'Open Range', which released in 2003, was appreciated critically and performed well at the box office too. Since then, the actor has gone on a music tour with his country music band and has done a variety of things including funding machinery that can separate oil from water. In the area of films, however, the actor didn't see much action.
In 2017, Costner was a part of the film titled 'Molly's Game' which was nominated at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. However, the performance by Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in the film were the most noted.
Speaking of failure, Costner had said, "I’m not afraid to fail, and I’m not overly impressed with success. I’ve learned that failure doesn’t kill you."
The writer of 'The Highwaymen' John Fusco, according to a report in USA Today, was quoted as saying, "The portrayal of Frank Hamer in the 1967 film was beyond inaccurate. It was unjust. Frank Hamer was not the moustache-twirling evil buffoon portrayed in 'Bonnie and Clyde.' He was arguably the greatest law officer of the 20th century."
Costner also spoke about the film and his part and said, "It was the life he lived. Frank Hamer saw it as his duty. And guys like that want one last ride. And he’s looking at these kids on a killing spree with no one bringing them down. He’s tired of reading about it. When he’s asked to go, he goes. History books say Frank Hamer wasn’t a fool, he wasn’t a braggart. He was a man-hunter. Whenever you are playing someone from history, you want to get it as close as you can."
The Netflix film is set to release in theatres on March 15 followed by a release on March 29 on Netflix. The film charters how Hamer and Gault methodically track down Bonnie and Clyde after chasing them across 15 states over 102 days.