Currently underway is the production of heist thriller, Bandit, based on author Robert Knuckle’s best-selling novel and journalist Ed Arnold’s interviews with Gilbert Galvan Jr, who lived under the name Robert Whiteman when he was dubbed the Flying Bandit in 1987.
Worldwide sales agent Highland Film Group has just released the first look photo above from the new film featuring actor Josh Duhamel (Paramount’s Transformers franchise) in the title role. Duhamel is also joined by headliners Mel Gibson, Elisha Cuthbert and Nestor Carbonell, with Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) directing from a script by Kraig Wenman.
Based on the true story of ‘The Flying Bandit’ who successfully got away with 63 bank and jewelry heists during his notorious crime spree, Bandit tells the colorful tale of the career criminal (Josh Duhamel) who escapes from a US prison and crosses the border into Canada, assuming a new identity. After falling in love and getting married, he claims to take a job as a traveling security consultant and his daring crimes continue. Only when he turns to lifetime gangster Tommy (Mel Gibson) for an investment, does his simple career become complicated and he becomes embroiled in the biggest job in Canadian history and at the center of a special forces cross-country manhunt.
Bandit is produced by Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions, Eric Gozlan of Goldrush Entertainment, and Ryan Donnell Smith of Thomasville Pictures.