Netflix's 'The Highwaymen': Release date, cast, plot and everything else about the Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson film

The movie tells the story of two detectives who come back from retirement to hunt down the notorious duo


                            Netflix's 'The Highwaymen': Release date, cast, plot and everything else about the Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson film

'The Highwaymen' is a Netflix film that tells the 'untold' true story behind the manhunt for partners in crime Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who reportedly committed 13 murders together in addition to bank robberies and burglaries.

The official story reported in 1934, when the two were killed by Texas and Louisiana state officers, was that the two were given protection by the Methvin Family in a remote county in southwest Louisiana. The officers ambushed the partners along the highway near Sailes, Louisiana.

The two were driving at 85 mph in a stolen Ford, and the officers shot them down, leaving no chance for their survival. The Netflix movie, however, veers away from this.

Plot

'The Highwaymen' tells the story of two former Texas Rangers who partner up and follow the trail of Bonny and Clyde. This, at a time when the Bureau of Investigation (FBI as it was known then) and the state police of Texas and Louisiana were finding it difficult to catch the duo.

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson co-star as Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, a pair of retired officers, who brought down Bonnie and Clyde after a two-year manhunt by officials fetched nothing. 

These retired detectives are also ex-partners who do not get any help from federal officials and are tired of the dead bodies in the wake of Bonnie and Clyde's trail.

They decide to take things in their own hands, overcoming dislike for each other to get things done. Only trusting their instincts and following old-school methods, the film will document how the detective partners manage to bring down the criminals who had managed to survive a two-year manhunt. 

Cast and crew

A still featuring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner from upcoming Netflix movie The Highwaymen. (Source: Netflix)
A still featuring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner from upcoming Netflix movie The Highwaymen. (Source: Netflix)

 

The film stars Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates ('The Blind Side'), John Carroll Lynch ('American Horror Story'), Kim Dickens ('Gone Girl'), Thomas Mann ('Kong: Skull Island') and William Sadler ('The Mist').

The film is directed by John Lee Hancock and will be produced by Casey Silver under Casey Silver Productions. The film is written by John Fusco. 

Release date

The show is set to air on Netflix on March 29.

Interesting facts

American outlaw Bonnie Parker, playfully points a shotgun at her partner Clyde Barrow in 1932. The two were well-known wanted criminals during a two year period of robbery and murder until their death in 1934 in Gibson, Louisiana. (Source: Getty Images)
American outlaw Bonnie Parker, playfully points a shotgun at her partner Clyde Barrow in 1932. The two were well-known wanted criminals during a two year period of robbery and murder until their death in 1934 in Gibson, Louisiana. (Source: Getty Images)

Clyde reportedly loved the Ford cars with the V-8 engine in real life, so much so, he wrote a letter to Henry Ford himself. In the letter he appreciated the car and said, "While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one."

While the authenticity of the letter has not been confirmed, there are also speculations that it was indeed written by Bonnie, not Clyde. The letter is currently kept on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. The runaway car that Clyde used, now dubbed as the death car, was picked up by the Primm Valley Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 1988 for a reported $250,000. It is now on display at the resort.