The Return of Bonnie and Clyde
I recently read an article in USA Today about the forthcoming film about the iconic Depression-era bandits, Bonnie and Clyde. Apparently this was actually old news, but I’ve never been known to be the first one to hear much of anything.
Hillary Duff has been cast as Bonnie Parker, a role immortalized by Faye Dunaway in Arthur Penn’s groundbreaking Bonnie and Clyde (1967). This casting choice has led to some verbal sniping from these two ladies, with Dunaway asking, “Couldn’t they have at least cast a real actress?” Duff shot back against the remark as “a little unnecessary, but I might be mad if I looked like that now.” Zing.
To be fair, Warren Beatty and the filmmakers say they took a chance on casting Dunaway as Bonnie. By 1967, her list of credits was not exactly intimidating, but she more than proved her worth as an actress. She had a pivotal role in making Hollywood history as the film industry changed hands (seemingly) overnight during that tumultuous year.
Hillary Duff’s credentials as a teen actress are not very reassuring, but actresses have turned out remarkable performaces with much bleaker resumes than hers. Tonya Holly, director of the forthcoming The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, insists that the film will not be a remake of the 1967 classic. Comparisons will undoubtably abound, but I am curious to see how they handle the material. Perhaps there will be an effort to be more historically accurate, which alone would set this film apart from the Penn version.