Finding The New Sundance Kid Took Time
When he wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, William Goldman always had Paul Newman in mind for Butch Cassidy. For The Sundance Kid, Goldman wanted Jack Lemmon, after seeing the actor’s performance in 1958’s Cowboy, but he turned it down.
After McQueen dropped out, the studio approached others such as Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando. It was actually Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, who suggested they try up-and-coming stage actor Robert Redford, who at the time had only done a few films. Newman, Woodward, and director George Roy Hill had to beg the studio to cast Redford.