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George Roy Hill’s 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid it’s about to get a modern twist from the Russo brothers.
Regé-Jean Page and Glen Powell will lead a reimagined version of the beloved Western, this time set up as a series on Amazon.
News of the show was first shared by The Hollywood Reporter.
titled Butch and Sundancethe play will be written by Kaz and Ryan Firpo – known for their recent work on Marvel Eternal — and see an executive production from produced by AGBO, the company from Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
Page will play Butch Cassidy – a role once played by the iconic Paul Newman – while Powell will take on Robert Redford’s former Sundance Kid character. Both actors will serve as executive producers.
The show, according to the outlet, is envisioned as the start of a larger franchise with a variety of spin-offs. Allegedly, everything will happen in another United States of America, like the Americans shown on Amazon Man in the Castle (or even Apple’s For All Mankind).
AGBO celebrated the news on Thursday, sharing on Twitter a photo of the Butch and Sundance a team that included Page and Powell. “It’s just the beginning,” the Russo brothers later shared in their own tweet.
Even with no director revealed yet and the project still in its early stages, there is a huge buzz around the project. The series sparked a bidding war with streamers, with Amazon beating Disney+ and Peacock for rights, THR reported.
Last year, Page saw his breakout role in Netflix’s fandom Bridgerton and recently he has been working on a Dungeons & Dragons film.
Powell has credits in films such as The Dark Knight rises, Hidden Figures and on television i Scream Queens. He was one of the frontrunners in the 2022 box office guarantee Top Gun: Maverick.
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Back in August, Powell opened up to PEOPLE about the Gun Top sequel, which at that point had earned more than $1.4 billion worldwide at the box office. As he explained, being a fan of the first film, he was “very grateful” for the opportunity to rise. Because after all, he got to learn from some of the “greats,” like co-star Tom Cruise.
“I’m just grateful [for] how involved Tom is in my career and how he checks in to make sure my life change is going well and to see what I’m working on and if there’s any help I need him,” Powell said. but such a special friend. I’m so grateful that he’s as cool, if not cooler, than you’d expect him to be.”
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About the third chance Gun Top movie hitting theaters, Powell explained that he doesn’t have the power to do it, but there is a shot he would give it again.
“There were certainly conversations [but] it’s above my pay grade,” Powell said. “It’s really up to Tom. It’s up to Jerry. It’s up to all the powers that be, but if they call me back to Miramar, I’ll be there.”
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no matter what happens, Maverick it seems to have inspired a new passion for Powell: piloting airplanes.
“I flew a few days ago,” he told PEOPLE earlier this year. “I want to try to make it more of my daily routine. Being around pilots, you get addicted to the lifestyle. They can fly anywhere at any given time. It’s such a great way to live; I love it. I’m trying to use that license to go to Palm Springs, Napa, Santa Barbara for lunch, just trying to do as much adventure as possible in my life. Tom gave lessons stunt driving for me after I get my pilot’s license — so maybe car racing next.”