Variety is reporting that British actress Lily James (Baby Driver) is set to play the titular role in the robbery film Peggy Jo that will be made by action film director Phillip Noyce.
The film is based on the true story of Texas bank robber that posed as a man (Cowboy Bob) during heists.
Peggy Jo (James) is a beautiful person, prone to be romantically lost in books and films; however, she is not the sort of person who lets life and people get the better of her. When her latest beau turns out to be married to his bank co-worker, she takes matters into her own hands, robbing his bank disguised as a man with a big beard and a back-to-front cowboy hat.
Inspired by her love of stories such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and eager to support her struggling family financially, Peggy Jo starts holding up a string of banks as her now-famous alter-ego “Cowboy Bob.” She becomes more and more daring, hotly pursued by astute FBI agent Bishop. But along the way she loses her heart to damaged soul Charlie. Like Peggy, Charlie also seeks escape and solace in the fantasy world of books and poetry. As Bishop draws nearer and her love-story with Charlie is threatened, Peggy chooses, like her heroes, not to give up, but to go down in a blaze of glory.
Noyce is known for his films Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, The Saint, Blind Fury, and Salt.
The script was penned by Robert Knott, who previously wrote the western Appaloosa.
Filming will be taking place in the Southern United States.