The Big Sick helmer to direct The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

Variety is reporting that The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter has found his next project, signing on to direct the contemporary Western thriller The Last Ride of Cowboy Boy, which is being produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Fox Searchlight.

The film is based on a Texas Monthly article from 2005 by Skip Hollandsworth which tells the true story of Peggy Jo Tallas, a female Texas bank robber who disguised herself as a man – Cowboy Bob – during her heists, wearing elaborate disguises that includes a towel stuffed under her shirt, a leather jacket and a fake beard.

Showalter’s latest film The Big Sick proved to be the most successful independent movie of the summer. His previous credits include 2015’s Hello, My Name is Dolly, as well as co-writing the 2001 cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer.

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