Peggy Jo: Lily James To Star in True-Crime Story from Phillip Noyce

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Peggy Jo: Lily James To Star in True-Crime Story from Phillip Noyce

Peggy Jo: Lily James To Star in True-Crime Story from Phillip Noyce

Deadline brings word that Lily James (Yesterday, Rebecca) is set to star in Peggy Jo, a true-crime story directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt). Peggy Jo was a bank robber who committed her heists while dressed as a man.

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Loosely based on the true story of the real-life bank robber, the feature is being pitched as “Bonnie but without the Clyde.” The screenplay is written by Robert Knott (Appaloosa).

“I have been looking to make a movie with Phillip Noyce for years and Peggy Jo is finally the one. It is a great emotive and thrilling story that will capture audiences worldwide,” said producer Simon Brooks.

“Peggy Jo is all about wanting more than your life presents to you and celebrates with a wink and a nod, many of our favourite films from the 70s through to the 80s, in tone, fun, music, colour and pure escapist entertainment, with a whole load of heart,” added HanWay Films MD Gabrielle Stewart.

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Simon Brooks is producing through his Los Angeles production company Canyon Creek Films. HanWay Films has picked up international sales rights and will introduce the feature to buyers are the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market.

(Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)