True Detectives? Harrelson, Costner Hunt Down Bonnie and Clyde in ‘The Highwaymen’ Trailer

Netflix has dropped a trailer for The Highwaymen, a film based on the true story of two Texas Rangers who helped track down Bonnie and Clyde in 1934.  The film stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.

Take a look:

The interesting thing to me about this film is that it seems to buck the media conventions of the last half century and portrays Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as villains rather than folk heroes.  Their status as the ultimate American rebels was solidified with Arthur Penn’s New Hollywood classic Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Americans have always had a fascination for outlaws and anti-heroes, but lost in the romanticism about Bonnie and Clyde is the fact that they committed as many as 13 murders.

There’s nothing in the trailer to indicate that this movie will be much more than a conventional depression era crime flick, but it might be worth watching to see the dynamic between Kevin Costner as Frank Hamer and Woody Harrelson as Maney Gault.

In addition to Costner and Harrelson, the film also features Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann, and William Sadler. After its premier at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on March 10, The Highwaymen will see limited release in theaters March 15.  March 29 is the premier date on Netflix.