Filming has begun on Clint Eastwood’s next feature film, a drama entitled The Mule from Warner Bros...
In addition to directing The Mule, Eastwood will also step in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña and Dianne Wiest, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio.
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.
The Mule marks Oscar-winner Eastwood’s first time on both sides of the camera since he starred in 2009’s critically acclaimed Gran Torino.
Bradley Cooper, who stars as Bates, received his most recent Oscar nominations for his work with Eastwood, acting in and producing American Sniper. Laurence Fishburne plays a DEA special agent in charge with Michael Peña as a fellow agent; Dianne Wiest plays Earl’s ex-wife and Alison Eastwood (yes, his real daughter) plays his daughter. Taissa Farmiga (younger sister of Vera) plays the role of Earl’s granddaughter and Ignacio Serricchio plays Earl’s cartel handler.
Clint Eastwood directs from a screenplay by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino, The Judge, Narcos). Eastwood also produces the film under his Malpaso banner, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier, and Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. The film’s executive producers are Dave Bernad, Ruben Fleischer and Todd Hoffman. Imperative’s Jillian Apfelbaum will co-produce.
The film will be shooting primarily in Georgia and New Mexico. The Mule is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in Association with Imperative Entertainment. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.