Clint Eastwood both directs and stars for the first time since 2009’s Gran Torino with The Mule, an upcoming drama also starring Bradley Cooper (who starred in Eastwood’s American Sniper) and Michael Peña.
The first trailer has arrived for The Mule, which finds Eastwood playing an elderly man who takes a job that only requires him to drive. Unbeknownst to him at first, he’s signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel, putting him in the sights of cartel enforcers and a hard-charging DEA agent (Cooper). Despite his money issues slowly disappearing, his past mistakes begin to weigh on him. Will he be able to make amends before his run comes to an end?
As a filmmaker, Eastwood has been a little bit hit or miss, although his hits can be knockouts. This could very well find him firing on all cylinders, with a potentially layered story balancing themes of redemption with a crime-chase narrative framing it all. And that cast. Colour us very intrigued.
The Mule, also starring Lawrence Fishburne, Dianne Wiest, Andy Garcia, Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Ignacio Serricchio, Loren Dean, and Eugene Cordero,
Official synopsis for The Mule:
From Warner Bros. Pictures, Imperative Entertainment and BRON Creative comes Clint Eastwood’s newest feature film, the drama “The Mule.” In addition to directing, the veteran actor will step in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Ignacio Serricchio and Loren Dean, Eugene Cordero.
Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.