Bonnie & Clyde may have lost a Bonnie, but the upcoming miniseries has gained a director in the form of Bruce Beresford.
Announced recently, Lifetime and History are mounting a joint four-hour miniseries that purports to tell the true story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a pair of criminal outlaws who ran roughshod across the Central United States during the Great Depression before law officers gunned them down in 1934. During their path of destruction, Bonnie and Clyde became a media sensation and were immortalized in the 1967 Oscar winning film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
In an effort to attract a younger audience to the miniseries, Miley Cyrus had been in negotiations to play the female lead, but talks broke down and she is no longer in the running.
While Miley won't be there, Bruce Beresford will be settling into the director's chair. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Director for 1983's Tender Mercies, Beresford has helmed over 30 feature films in his career, including 1990 best picture Driving Miss Daisy and Canadian classic Black Robe. He also directed a made-for-TV movie for HBO in 2003, And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself starring Antonio Banderas.
The reasons for Cyrus dropping out are unclear, except maybe because NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would want to see that. She doesn't have the acting chops for the role and her appeal among teens and tweens seems to be dwindling. With that hairstyle, she appears better suited for the new Mad Max movie.
How much interest do you have in re-living the Bonnie & Clyde tale?