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Vincent D'Onofrio Casts Newcomer in Billy the Kid Movie
Sep 21, 2017 by: WENN
Actor-turned-filmmaker Vincent D'Onofrio has found the star of his upcoming Billy the Kid movie in Hollywood newcomer Jake Schur.
The Die Hard star is making his directorial debut with The Kid, which chronicles cowboy rogue Billy the Kid's life through the eyes of a young fan, named Rio, who reaches out to the infamous gunslinger to help save his kidnapped sister.
Dane DeHaan was cast as Billy the Kid in July, and now D'Onofrio has recruited 13-year-old Jake, the son of producer Jordan Schur, to star as Rio.
D'Onofrio handpicked the teen after meeting him on the set of his 2013 crime comedy Pawn Shop Chronicles, which Jordan produced, reports Deadline.com.
Ethan Hawke will also feature in the western, which will begin filming in Sante Fe, New Mexico, next week.
D'Onofrio is directing from a script by Andrew Lanham, while Schur Sr. is helping to produce the project.
DeHaan won't be the first actor to bring Billy the Kid to life onscreen--Paul Newman played the outlaw in 1958's The Left Handed Gun, while Kris Kristofferson tackled him in 1973's Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, opposite James Coburn, and Val Kilmer portrayed the titular character in the 1989 TV movie Billy The Kid.
The real-life Billy, aka William H. Bonney, was a troublemaker and killer who became a wanted man in Arizona and New Mexico in the 1870s and 1880s for crimes including stealing food, clothing, and firearms, and killing eight men.
He was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in July, 1881 after twice breaking out of jail.
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