Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are about to saddle up for Amazon Prime Video, with a couple of familiar faces taking on the iconic roles.
Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page and Top Gun: Maverick breakout Glen Powell are set to headline Butch and Sundance, a new series adaptation of the classic Western in the works at the streamer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s billed as a “reimagining,” taking place in an alt-history America a la Apple TV+’s For All Mankind.
Details are slim, but Page will play Butch Cassidy, the role played by Paul Newman in the 1969 film, with Powell playing the Sundance Kid, the role played by Robert Redford. Kaz and Ryan Firpo (Eternals) will write the series, with Marvel veterans Joe and Anthony Russo serving as executive producers.
The original Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starred Newman and Redford as a pair of train-robbing outlaws in the Old West. The film was a box-office hit and racked up seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Page shot to stardom with his turn as the rakish Duke of Hastings on the Netflix period drama Bridgerton. His other TV credits include For the People and the 2016 Roots remake.
Powell costarred alongside Tom Cruise in this summer’s blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick as daredevil flyboy Hangman. He also had roles in Hidden Figures and Everybody Wants Some!!, along with a role on Fox’s Scream Queens as Chad Radwell.
im usually all for color-blind casting, may the best actor or actress get the role, but not when it comes to real people. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid are based on two real outlaws. not a fan of studios using “reimagining” or “alt-history” as it lacks creativity
Well, you can dislike the whole concept of alt-history, but in another universe with different outcomes to events your ancestors would probably be different. So it makes sense that you wouldn’t look the same if everything else was a little different.
If you think about how many people would have made other choices on location or partners if any historical war or natural disaster had gone differently, and you can see how easy it would have been for all of us to have other parentage.
It seems like great casting to me. And I doubt Butch Cassidy cares that much at this point.
And I should have added, Butch Cassidy was absolutely not the spitting image of Paul Newman, either, yet there weren’t too many complaints about his casting. Odd, that.
Nope completely disagree.
I get your point but these were real people and real events.
It’s completely fine to do that when it comes to fiction.
Blackwashing is a thing and it is completely overlooked…Because a lot of people are too scared to question anything about the world we live in.
I say this as a black man,
Most of you are dumb and that’s why it’s working haha
Seriously tho white people will believe anything because they’re too scared to offend.
I have mixed feelings on it. On one hand, it appeared to work with Hamilton. I think actors should be allowed to act… become someone else, regardless of sex, race or orientation. On the other hand, would you do an “alt” version of a real life person of color… as white? Uh, no, I seriously doubt it. We send too many mixed messages promoting double standards and hypocrisy. However, I suspect Page with be quite good in the role. I would definitely watch it.
For decades, it was fairly common for white actors to be cast in movies (and tv to a lesser extent) as both real and fictional characters of other races. Primarily, this would be white actors cast as Latinos/Latinas (e.g. Charlton Heston in 1958’s “Touch of Evil”), Indigenous North Americans, or people of mixed European/non-European ancestry (e.g. Joseph Wiseman in 1962’s “Dr. No”, or Jeanne Crain in 1949’s “Pinky”). John Wayne played Genghis Khan in 1956’s “The Conqueror”.
That’s the primary reason it’s not done very much anymore. It’s been done. The difference between then and now is that, then, it was primarily a systemic matter of being as racially restrictive in casting as custom and the market would allow, to the exclusive benefit of white performers. Now, it’s primarily about opening up to non-white performers a few roles which have already been done by white performers, and may be done again by white performers at another time. A perfect example is “Hamilton”.
And I would never listen to you about anything movie related.
My fiance brings up the fact that the real Lone Ranger was black. Look it up. There is documentation on it. I loved Clayton Moore. My point is as long as the stories and morals stay true. It doesn’t matter to me what color the actor playing it is.
Bass Reeves, and he’s getting his own series thanks to Taylor Sheridan creating 1883: The Bass Reeves story.
I don’t know, but it looks like Rene’-Jean has lost the momentum. While I was watching Bridgerton he looked a lot like the next best thing going to happen. And he was everywhere and expectations were so high. After 2 years, he’s still the Bridgerton star. Can’t remember another role o project. I know casting, filming, postproducing and promoting takes time, but…
He was in the Ryan Gosling/Chris Evans The Gray Man.
Yes he was… Playing a supporting role behind two bigger names.
He was great in the unfortunately short lived For the People, in which he played an attorney.
I’m still mad they cancelled that. lol
I loved the original movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I also loved the original Magnum P.I. And swore no one could replace Tom Selleck. And refused to watch…for awhile. I ended up loving the new Magnum P.I. So I am keeping an open mind about Butch and Sundance. Best of luck!
More race-swapping. Yay. Stunning and brave. Please clap.
That’s going too far. It’s bad enough when they change the ethnicity of iconic fictional characters, but Butch Cassidy was a real person and he was white. Hard pass.
I guess they’re throwing in the alt history silliness to accommodate Regé-Jean Page.
Maybe so, but I don’t see why they don’t just create a new story rather than trading on title recognition. He’s a fine actor, just let him embody a new character instead of a hand-me-down.
Yeah just look at it like they’re making up for all the times White people either Black faced their way into roles for Black people or where they just acted like they were Asian or Native American or African as in Cleopatra. Even if Cleopatra was mixed she wasn’t Elizabeth Taylor.
…So this is all just racist-tinged revenge for long past historical wrongs?