Hilary Duff Is Going Gangster

Hilary Duff is about to pull out the big guns.

Cinema Blend reports that the 21-year-old is set to star in The Story of  Bonnie and Clyde, presumably in the lead role of Bonnie Parker.

The real-life story of 1930s sweethearts/bank robbers Parker and Clyde Barrow has been told several times on the big screen, most notably in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, which starred Faye Dunaway as Parker and Warren Beatty as Barrow. The Arthur Penn-directed flick won two Oscars.

Production begins on the new version in April in the Deep South, with Tonya S. Holly (When I Find the Ocean) behind the camera and Kevin Zegers, Natalie Canerday and Rance Howard joining Duff in the cast.

Interestingly, Duff posed in the May 2008 issue of Allure dressed as the Dunaway character in the 1967 film.

Also noteworthy: the fact that this isn’t the only real-life character will be playing shortly. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Duff will star in the upcoming NBC comedy Barely Legal, based on the life of Kathleen Holtz, who passed the California bar exam in 2007 at the age of 18 to become the state’s youngest lawyer.

Wow; playing a lawyer and a bank robber! That Hilary Duff is diversity personified.

Time will tell if this newest incarnation of the Bonnie and Clyde story will solidify Duff’s apparent comeback. At the very least it should help her put her squeaky-clean teen queen image to rest once and for all—as if she really needs a movie role for that.

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