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

The "Broadcast News" co-stars will play Frank Hamer and Emma Parker in the miniseries from "Smash's" Craig Zadan and Neli Meron.

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William Hurt and Holly Hunter

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

William Hurt and Holly Hunter, who starred together in the 1987 feature Broadcast News, have been tapped to co-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 1930s outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. 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 of Bonnie and her two siblings. Emma's husband died when Bonnie was 4, leaving the mother to move the children to a Dallas suburb where she found work as seamstress.

The title roles, played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the Oscar-nominated 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, have not yet been cast. Miley Cyrus was attached to play Bonnie 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 TV's Damages, is repped by ICM Partners. He earned a best actor 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.

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