'GOT's Emilia Clarke & Nicholas Hoult to Star as Bonnie & Clyde in the Casting News of Your Dreams
In the casting news that you didn't know you wanted until now, Emilia Clarke and Nicholas Hoult will be playing Bonnie and Clyde in an upcoming film called Go Down Together. Clarke is best known as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones and Nicholas Hoult is best known as Henry McCoy/Beast in the X-Men: First Class movies. (Hoult is also known as Jennifer Lawrence's boyfriend, the lucky guy.) Go Down Together is based on a nonfiction book by Jeff Guinn called Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde and will be directed by Michael Sucsy.
The project, which has been in development for years, is a revisionist take on the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the infamous American outlaws and young lovers who traveled through the Depression-era South robbing banks and leaving bodies in their ways. They had a tragic ending, but Romeo and Juliet should have made everyone wary of any epic story that involves the words "young lovers". There's no word yet on the rest of the cast, but the inclusion of Clarke and Hoult is more than enough to get the world interested for more reasons than one.
Emilia Clarke has already proven that she can do the anti-heroine role very, very well. Say what you want about Daenerys, but taking what is yours with fire and blood does not a conventional hero make. Whether you still sympathize with her campaign to take back the throne on Game of Thrones or not, no one can deny that Emilia Clarke is very good at intimidation — and you can tell she enjoys those kinds of scenes immensely.
Nicholas Hoult has been in a variety of projects from the English program Skins to the zombie romance Warm Bodies, more than proving that being a sociopath and a romantic male lead don't necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. As Tony Stonem, he made us love to hate him. As Henry McCoy, he made us love, then hate, then pity him in the course of about four scenes. The only question about his role as Clyde is why no one ever thought of it before.
The film is still only in the development stages, but it needs to happen if only so we could see the chemistry we're sure these two amazing actors can generate. As we learned from Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf, it's the couple that slays together that stays together. The fact that the story of Bonnie and Clyde is still being told 80 years after their deaths is just proof that America loves a good tragic romance. Especially when it ends in fire and blood.