John Lee Hancock’s crime drama HIGHWAYMEN, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, has just begun production in Louisiana, and the cast has been joined by Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens from Fear the Walking Dead, Thomas Mann and veteran actors John Carroll Lynch and William Sadler.
Based on a true story, the film follows Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and his ex-partner Maney Gault, who come out of retirement in order to hunt down the elusive Bonnie and Clyde.
Hancock directs the film from a screenplay co-written by John Fusco with Casey Silver producing and Costner, Harrelson, Michael Malone and Rod Lake as exec. producers. They’re hoping to complete the film for a 2018 release by Netflix.
Bates is currently on Netflix’s comedy Disjointed, while Dickens is a regular on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, which returns for a third season this summer. Lynch recently wrote and directed the indie Lucky, starring the late Harry Dean Stanton, while Mann co-starred in last year’s Kong: Skull Island and has been a part of a number of coming-of-age films like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and last year’s Some Freaks.
Repped by CAA, Hancock’s last film was last year’s The Founder, starring Michael Keaton as MacDonald’s “founder” Ray Kroc and before that, Hancock directed Saving Mr. Banks starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks and The Blind Side, for which Sandra Bullock won an Oscar. Other films in Hancock’s filmography includes Disney’s The Alamo and the baseball film The Rookie.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor