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William Hurt, Holly Hunter to Star in Lifetime/History's 'Bonnie and Clyde'

William Hurt, Holly Hunter to Star in Lifetime/History's 'Bonnie and Clyde'William Hurt, Holly Hunter to Star in Lifetime/History's 'Bonnie and Clyde'

Lifetime's Bonnie and Clyde has found two of its four leads.

Former Broadcast News co-stars William Hurt and Holly Hunter have been tapped to star in the miniseries from Smash's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Hurt will play Frank Hamer, a Texas Ranger known for his involvement in tracking and killing Bonnie and Clyde. He's a tough cop who was involved in nearly 100 gunfights throughout his career and was wounded and left for dead multiple times.

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Hunter will play Emma Parker, the mother to Bonnie and her two siblings. Her husband, Charles, died when Bonnie was 4, leaving Emma to move the children to the Dallas suburb where she found work as seamstress.

The central roles of Bonnie and Clyde have not yet been cast. Miley Cyrus was previously attached to play Bonnie Parker in the project but dropped out.

The Lifetime/History project, the first of its kind to air on both AETN networks, is being produced by Smash EPs Meron and Zadanwho are set up at Sony Pictures Television.

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Hurt, whose credits include features The Host, The Incredible Hulk, Into the Wild and Damages on the small screen, is repped by ICM Partners. He earned an Oscar for Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Oscar winner Hunter's (The Piano) most recent small-screen credits include Saving Grace Sundance Channel's upcoming Top of the Lake. She's with ICM Partners, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit