A&E Networks presents a new take on the female half of the legendary 1930s bank robbers
A&E Networks will debut the first part of its version of “Bonnie & Clyde” on Sunday at 9/8c across three of its networks: A&E, Lifetime and History.
The two-part miniseries starring “Borgias” actress Holliday Grainger and “Milk’s” Emile Hirsch in the title roles follows the notorious criminals as their lives intersect and then together go on a crime spree that captures America’s fascination in the 1930s.
The movie pays special attention to Bonnie and the role she plays in the duo, which may be larger than most accounts of the time gave her credit for.
“Bonnie wanted to be famous and Clyde wanted Bonnie,” the movie’s co-writer John Rice told TheWrap. “He doesn’t become aware that there’s a little more going on than she just likes him. He kind of thinks they’ll do these crimes for a while and then get the hell out and get a nice home, a bit of a family, who knows. For her, she had a little bit more of a plan.”
Co-writer Joe Batteer added, “Women were not out robbing banks. That was a big reason why Bonnie and Clyde got the nation’s attention. It wasn’t just Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger. It was Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. It had never seen anything like that. She was good looking, young and she was a woman.”
TheWrap has exclusive preview from the miniseries, which illustrates what the writers are saying.
In this early scene from Part 1, Bonnie aides Clyde in an escape from prison – one that he had no idea she was planning.
Watch the video above.
Part 1 and 2 of “Bonnie & Clyde” air Sunday and Monday at 9/8c, respectively, on A&E, Lifetime and History.