While the Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway-led Bonnie & Clyde is nearly 60 years old, the story of the crime-doing couple is still very much alive in cinema culture. The titular characters are still associated with a destructive relationship within a life of crime, which is why the title of the upcoming reimagining of that story, Johnny & Clyde, tells you everything you need to know. The film will be released next week, and Collider is proud to present the trailer for the action comedy today.
The trailer for Johnny & Clyde reveals the title couple’s origins: boy meets girl, girl meets boy, both fall in love, boy and girl try to take over an armoured car and kill its guards… you know, the classic romance story. Of course, Johnny (Avan Jogia) and Clyde (Ajani Russell) become ambitious after a few successful robberies, which leads them to seek out larger and more dangerous targets.
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Alana Hart, a crime boss and casino owner, is played by Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body). The cruel woman is drawn to the lovebirds’ crime story romance, but she will stop at nothing to eliminate one or both of them.
That means things are going to get messy. Furthermore, the trailer reveals that, while Johnny & Clyde contains some dark humour, it will also be a fairly violent experience—and if there are any more similarities to the original Bonnie & Clyde, you can guess how their story will end.
Tom DeNucci, who previously directed Almost Mercy, Vault, and The Mick and the Trick, is directing Johnny & Clyde. DeNucci co-wrote the script with stunt double Nick Principe, who has worked on films such as The Purge: Election Year and Restraint. Principe revealed in an interview with Bloody Disgusting that the film “starts off as a crime/heist picture,” but then evolves to accommodate “balls-to-the-wall slasher” tropes with horror and supernatural elements. In the same interview, DeNucci discussed the film’s distinct style, saying:
“It’s not a slasher movie, but it does rely on some elements of that. You know, there are really great practical effects done by a guy by the name of Doug Sakmann. We went for reality and practicality versus CGI as much as possible. So those are the things that it shares with the slasher genre. But there are some crime drama elements in there, and it does have kind of a unique approach.”
Tyson Ritter (Preacher), Bai Ling (The Crow), Vanessa Angel (Kingpin), Robert LaSardo (The Mule), and Armen Garo (The Departed) round out the cast.
On May 5, Johnny & Clyde will be released in theatres and on demand. The following is the exclusive trailer: