Robert Redford to play bankrobbing Grann


Robert Redford, absent from the screen for quite a while until recently (with “The Company You Keep”, which he both directed and headlined), seems to have caught the acting bug again.
The Sundance Film Festival chief will follow up his upcoming supporting role in “Captain America : The Winter Soldier” with the lead in “The Old Man and the Gun”, for writer/director David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), says Heat Vision.

Based on a 2003 article in The New Yorker written by David Grann, it “tells the true story of Forrest Tucker, a man born in 1920 who, as a lifelong bank robber, spent most of his life in jail or escaping from jail. (He had 18 escapes under his belt, including one from Alcatraz and one from San Quentin.) The article focused on Tucker at age 78, living in a retirement community with his third wife and still having the hankering to rob banks. In fact, he was caught by police after a robbery and high-speed chase in 2000 and sentenced to 13 years. He died in 2005.”

The project has long fascinated Hollywood, with Wolfgang Peterson and Warner Bros looking to bring Grann’s story to the screen at one stage.