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Bates, who worked with Hancock on The Blind Side, joins an ensemble cast that also includes John Carroll Lynch, Thomas Mann and William Sadler. Netflix plans a late 2018 release after production in Louisiana.
The indie sees Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Costner) and his ex-partner Maney Gault (Harrelson) drawn out of retirement in a last-ditch effort to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. The movie, based on true events, is produced by Casey Silver Productions, with Casey Silver serving as producer.
Bates is also set to star in The Laureate, a drama about British poet and novelist Robert Graves from writer-director William Nunez, and has a role in Participant Media’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex.
Costner won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for his role in the History miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, which was also about the Texas Rangers, and counts Dances With Wolves, Hidden Figures, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, JFK and The Untouchables among his credits.
The Highwaymen is written by John Fusco, Oscar nominee Scott Frank and Hancock. Executive producer credits are shared by Michael Malone, Costner, Rod Lake and Harrelson.