The first look at what could be Robert Redford’s last movie role has been released.
Fox Searchlight Pictures on Friday released images from “The Old Man and the Gun,” a heist story set to open in theaters Oct. 5.
Redford stars in this true story as Forrest Tucker, a career criminal who escaped from California’s San Quentin State Prison at age 70 and committed a series of heists that puzzled the law and charmed the public.
The movie is directed by David Lowery, who worked with Redford on the Disney remake “Pete’s Dragon.” It co-stars Casey Affleck, who starred in Lowery’s Sundance hits “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “A Ghost Story,” as the detective on Tucker’s trail, and Sissy Spacek as Tucker’s lady love.
Lowery also wrote the script, based on a 2003 profile in The New Yorker by David Grann, who later wrote the book “The Lost City of Z,” on which last year’s movie of the same name was based.
The October release date signals that Fox Searchlight is lining the movie up for an awards campaign. It also is timed for the September trifecta of major film festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto.
Redford, 81, announced in 2016 that he was “getting tired of acting,” ending a career that started on Broadway and television in the 1950s and in movies since 1962. He said he would first appear in two final movies: reuniting with Jane Fonda in the romance “Our Souls at Night,” which premiered on Netflix last September, and this reteaming with Lowery.