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Phillip Noyce Pitches Bank Robber Movie ‘Peggy Jo,’ Starring Lily James, to Cannes Buyers

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As a part of its Cannes Market shows, HanWay Films organized for Phillip Noyce to inform patrons about its true-crime love story “Peggy Jo,” which he’ll direct, with “Baby Driver” and “Yesterday” actress Lily James starring. The movie is loosely primarily based on the true-story of the lifetime of Texan Peggy Jo Tallas, who takes to robbing banks whereas posing as a person.

Noyce mentioned that when he learn the script he “just got caught up by the character, the love story, the sense of adventure, the pure escapist entertainment of the whole thing.” When he discovered that Peggy Jo actually existed – robbing banks in Texas for a few years again within the late 80s and early 90s – that helped him develop the venture.

Although James is youthful than the actual character, lots of the particulars are the identical, Noyce mentioned, such because the ageing infirm mom, she cares for, her relationship together with her brother, and her love affair. “That said, this is first and foremost a piece of escapist entertainment,” Noyce mentioned.

He added that whereas he hoped the viewers would get pleasure from “the rollercoaster ride of this woman’s life,” the movie will delve deeper due to the truth of her story. He in contrast Peggy Jo on this respect with different characters in his movies, like Nicole Kidman in Noyce’s “Dead Calm,” the three children in “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and Angelina Jolie in “Salt.”

Noyce mentioned: “This is a story about the extraordinariness that is in so-called ‘ordinary persons’,” which could be noticed should you “look beneath the surface.” On the floor, she lives “a mundane life,” working as a waitress, however “she dreams,” he mentioned, after which at some point “she fulfils her dream,” at enormous danger to herself. Along the best way, she meets one other so-called abnormal one that she believes is like herself, a lover of books, fantasy and nature, with unfulfilled goals. “And as the relationship develops, she realizes that she’s found a soulmate. It’s a beautiful love story about the specialness of so called ordinary people,” he mentioned.

The viewers will root for this character as performed by James. “Lily James has just the right combination of fragility, of beauty, strength and rebelliousness,” he mentioned, “so that we fear for her, and yet, as we saw in ‘Baby Driver’ or ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ we want her to break out, we want her to do something unexpected.”

He mentioned that her costume, when she is dressed as a person, can be key to the believability of her character, on condition that it was initially believed that the robber was a person. As “Cowboy Bob” she might be wearing excessive cowboy boots and a Stetson to give her added peak.

Her adversary within the movie might be FBI agent Bishop, an skilled in financial institution robberies, who figures out that it’s really a girl they need to be searching for, as a result of the robber by no means says something, as an alternative handing over notes to the financial institution tellers, by no means reveals a weapon, and doesn’t hurt anybody.

Noyce mentioned there are two elements to the movie. “One is the great action set pieces, which will have the audience on the edge of their seats, and as we progress further and further into the film, each robbery becomes more and more daring, and more is at stake. And then there is the love story, where we will take the audience into this very tender love story between these two lost souls who have found each other,” he mentioned.

The actual Peggy Jo was impressed by the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Noyce mentioned, and there can be “visual references” to that movie and “Bonnie and Clyde” in “Peggy Jo.”

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