A new take on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, titled Love is a Gun, will star actress Chloe Grace Moretz as Bonnie Parker. Moretz has had a prolific career. She began acting at a young age, appearing in films such as The Amityville Horror and on the popular drama series Desperate Housewives. She is perhaps best known for starring in superhero comedy Kick-Ass and its sequel, Kick-Ass 2, as Hit-Girl. Though she took a short break from acting not long ago, Moretz soon returned and has starred in two films released this year: drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post and the horror film Suspiria.
Her co-star in the film, Jack O'Connell, got his start across the pond as a teenager, often playing young delinquents. He had a lead role for two seasons of the teen drama series Skins. His first starring film role came in 2014 when he played real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini who was a prisoner-of-war during World War II in Angelina Jolie's drama Unbroken. In 2017, he starred in the limited Netflix series Godless. This year, he headlined yet another biographical film, Trial by Fire, opposite Laura Dern.
Variety reports that Moretz and O'Connell will portray the dynamic duo in a film based on the book Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. The rights to the story, written by Jeff Guinn, were acquired by Kamala Films years ago, and Screen Rant reported in 2011 that Neil Burger (Limitless) was in negotiations to direct the film based on a script penned by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air). Now, Skybound Entertainment has gotten on board and Spanish director Kike Maíllo (Eva) is attached.
Most know the story of Bonnie and Clyde from the 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the eponymous pair. More recently, an A&E miniseries of the same name saw Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) portray the couple, though it was criticized for being historically inaccurate. Concurrently, a Netflix film starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, titled The Highwaymen, is in production; it will follow two former Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, who were a part of the team that tracked down Bonnie and Clyde during their years-long crime spree.
Love is a Gun is scheduled to begin production early next year. The producers have expressed that the director and stars are in favor of a "character-driven approach" in telling the popular story, adding that it will detail the "intimate love affair" of the crime duo, who were responsible for numerous robberies during the Great Depression before they were killed by police officers in Louisiana in 1934.