Thanks to the eternally classic 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the outlaw couple who went on a crime spree in the early 1930s have become anti-heroes, romanticized by many—including later couples who got into breaking the law.
That's certainly the takeaway from this first trailer. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are definitely portrayed in passing as the murdering psychopaths they truly were, and Costner and Harrelson the dogged old cops prepared to do whatever was necessary to take them down.
The synopsis from Netflix:
From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN follows the untold true story of the legendary lawmen who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.
When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done. THE HIGHWAYMEN also stars Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, and Kim Dickens.
There's something a little surprising but appealing in seeing Costner, 64, and Harrelson, 57, as truly grizzled old cops. They're pretty much playing their ages but showing even these old guys are dangerous if you come at them the wrong way.
One of the best scenes in the whole trailer ends with Harrelson telling an unlucky young gangster, "Clyde might be king, but I'm a Texas Ranger, you little shit," and seriously, if that's where they're coming from, The Highwaymen looks pretty epic.
The Highwaymen was in select theaters on March 15th, and is streaming globally on Netflix as of Friday, March 29.