Lily James's next role is as a bank robber who dressed as a man

No need to lock up your Hollywood husbands… Lily James’s next role has NO romantic interest as she plays bank robber who dressed as a man

Lily James’s (pictured) next screen role involves no romantic interest as she will play Peggy Jo Tallas, a Texan outlaw who held up a string of banks in the 1990s – dressed as a man

The wives and girlfriends of Hollywood’s hottest male stars can breathe a sigh of relief.

Lily James’s next screen role involves no romantic interest.

The 31-year-old English actress will play Peggy Jo Tallas, a Texan outlaw who held up a string of banks in the 1990s – dressed as a man.

But while the armed robber was no stranger to adrenaline, her love life – unlike Miss James’s – was apparently non-existent.

Ms James, who dated The Crown star Matt Smith from 2014 until 2019, has raised eyebrows by forging close friendships with two of her co-stars in recent productions.

She featured in a number of steamy embraces with The Social Network star Armie Hammer in the recent Netflix adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca – but it was their off-camera chemistry that prompted gossip on the set that they had become an item. Mr Hammer split from his wife this summer.

Then, three weeks ago, Ms James was seen in Rome canoodling with married actor Dominic West – her co-star in the BBC drama The Pursuit Of Love.

Mr West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald later put on an awkward display of solidarity outside their Wiltshire home, where they posted a note reading: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together.’

Ms James’s forthcoming movie, Peggy Jo, has been described as ‘Bonnie but without the Clyde’ and will be filmed early next year on location in Texas and the southern United States.

Pictured: The real Peggy Jo Tallas, a Texan outlaw who held up a string of banks in the 1990s. She was shot dead after pointing a fake gun at police following a robbery in 2005

The action begins in May 1991 when Tallas – in her trademark disguise of a stetson hat and a fake beard – starts her crime spree.

Following a robbery in 2005, Tallas – then aged 60 – was shot dead after pointing a fake gun at police.

Peggy Jo is expected to be in cinemas by the end of 2021.

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