The project is an unusual one for the two networks, which are reportedly modeling the miniseries on the History Channel’s recent Western “Hatfields & McCoys.” That six-hour historical miniseries, based on the Appalachian family feud of the post –Civil War era, snagged an impressive 16 nominations at this year’s Emmy awards and garnered a record 13.9 million viewers during its premiere.
Now the History Channel hopes to replicate that success, with a fleshed out, four-hour miniseries based on the infamous Great Depression outlaws, reported Deadline.
According to a 2010 report by Hollywood Crush, Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers were previously slated to play star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. But the pair are no longer attached to the project, and Cyrus may be taking Duff’s place.
The former “Hannah Montana” star recently starred in the season premiere of “Two and a Half Men,” to glowing reviews from her castmates. In an interview at the Emmys, “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer said that despite his previous hesitations about working with her, Cyrus was professional and a pleasure to work with.
“She plays a motormouth character, so they gave her pagelong monologues,” Cryer told Hollywood Life.
“All week, she was on book … which is understandable,” he said. “But even when we got within two hours of the show, she was still on book. … We were thinking, ‘Oh no, Miley better bring it!’ And then we did it in front of the audience, and Miley brought it! Miley was just on fire and fantastic.”
“She was lovely, and we had a great time,” he added.
While neither Cyrus’s team nor anyone at Lifetime or History has confirmed that she will be appearing in the miniseries, the actress is rumored to have held meetings with directors to discuss the role. Some blogs have also speculated that a collaboration between Cyrus and the two networks would be beneficial for all parties.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nancy Dubuc, who was recently elevated to president of entertainment and media at A&E Networks, has been trying to rebrand Lifetime by attracting bigger stars. Lifetime also recently wrapped up filming another miniseries, the Elizabeth Taylor biopic “Liz & Dick” starring Lindsay Lohan.
In a statement announcing her new position, Dubuc said she looked forward to “leading the network to new heights, expanding our global footprint and increasing our digital content offerings.”