There is no greater screen legend still working today than Clint Eastwood. At 88 years old this actor, director, writer and producer is still going at it with a hundred percent enthusiasm and now he’s stepping back in front of the camera for a very unlikely true crime story in The Mule.
Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood), 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 (Bradley Cooper). 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.
Based on an astonishing true life story of a WWII veteran and botanist named Leo Sharp who for ten years worked as an unlikely drug runner for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel and imported hundreds of kilos of cocaine across the Mexican/American border without ever being suspected, The Mule is certainly a movie with plenty of twists.
The Mule is a completely different turn for Eastwood in terms of a character and his performance as Earl Stone as a beaten down and embitted loser stands in contrast with the take no prisoners characters that have made up a large part of his career in cinema. As Earl you get a real sense of isolation and loneliness and Eastwood is again putting everything of himself as an artist into the work.
Joining him in the project is Bradley Cooper who will portray DEA Special Agent Colin Bates who is determined to track down the elusive trafficker while celebrated performers including Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña and Andy Garcia will also be involved in the film.
Make sure you keep your eyes open for The Mule when it arrives in cinemas on January 24, 2019.