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‘Cocaine Bear’: Keri Russell Spills on the Kills, and How the Film Embraces the Ridiculous Gore

Elizabeth Banks’s star-studded dark comedy, Cocaine Bear, is fast approaching. Since it was first announced, the buzz for Pablo Escobear’s big-screen debut has been nonstop. Not only is the premise pretty “crazy, wacky, out-there,” as star Keri Russell describes it, but it also boasts a pretty phenomenal cast. In addition to Russell, the movie stars Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, Matthew Rhys, Kristofer Hivju, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Alden Ehrenreich, and the late legacy, Ray Liotta.

Inspired by true events that took place in the mid-eighties, Cocaine Bear gives a blow-by-blow account of the unbelievable mishap… only, with a lot more blood. When a drug runner drops an outstanding amount of cocaine on the aptly-called Blood Mountain in Georgia, a 500-pound black bear ingests a brick of it before it can be picked up. Coked up, the bear goes on a rampage, leaving a trail of gore in its wake. Unlike what actually happened, if this bear is going down, he’s taking dug dealers, tourists, and cops down with him.

Before Cocaine Bear’s worldwide release in theaters on February 24, Collider’s Steve Weintraub spoke with Russell about this insane movie. During her interview, Russell shares what ultimately convinced her to do the movie, how her The Americans co-star and husband, Matthew Rhys, got involved, and what about the script appealed the most to her. She also tells us how Banks leaned into the absurdity of the movie, what it was like playing the most normal role amid the chaos, her favorite kills, and shares a little about her upcoming Apple TV+ series, Extrapolation. For all of this and more, check out the interview in the player above, or you can read the full transcript below. Continue reading ‘Cocaine Bear’: Keri Russell Spills on the Kills, and How the Film Embraces the Ridiculous Gore

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Cocaine Bear is inspired by a true story from 1985 where a convicted drug smuggler named Andrew C. Thornton II threw a duffel bag full of cocaine out of a plane he was piloting to get rid of some weight. A bear found the duffel bag and ingested all of its contents, and the drug smuggler died when he jumped out of the plane with a faulty parachute. The bear was found dead three months later next to 40 plastic containers.

Cocaine Bear hits theaters on February 24.


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First trailer for Elizabeth Banks’ Cocaine Bear

In the film’s wild first trailer, a drug kingpin (played by late actor Ray Liotta in his final role) tasks two of his mercenaries — (Alden Ehrenreich and O’Shea Jackson Jr.) with tracking down and recovering the lost cocaine. The duo’s mission takes an unexpected turn when they discover a bear has gotten to it first — and he seems hungry for more.

“The bear, it f—ing did cocaine,” Ehrenreich shouts at Liotta. “A bear did cocaine!”

“Let’s see what kind of effect that has on him,” adds Isiah Whitlock Jr., speaking for us all.

Elsewhere in the trailer, a concerned mother, played by Keri Russell, tries to find her lost daughter (Brooklynn Prince) and her friend (Christian Convery), who were hanging out together in the woods, unaware of the cocaine bear on the loose.

Banks, who previously directed 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2 and the 2019 Charlie’s Angels reboot, is joined in the, uh, high-stakes drama by Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ice Cube, Matthew Rhys, and Margo Martindale. Cocaine Bear is written by Jimmy Warden (Netfilx’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen) and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).

Cocaine Bear blows into theaters Feb. 24, 2023. Watch the trailer above.


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Universal Sets True Story ‘Cocaine Bear’ for 2023 Release

Universal Pictures will release the new film “Cocaine Bear” on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 in theaters wide, the studio announced on Monday.

Wild as it may seem, the film is inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it. Per the official synopsis, the thriller finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow… and blood.

Elizabeth Banks directed “Cocaine Bear” from a screenplay by Jimmy Warden (“The Babysitter 2: Killer Queen”). The cast includes Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristofer Hivju (“Game of Thrones”), Kahyun Kim (“American Gods”), Christian Convery (“Sweet Tooth”), Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”) and newcomer Scott Seiss.

This is Banks’ third feature directorial effort after making her debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2,” followed by Sony’s 2019 reboot “Charlie’s Angels” starring Kristen Stewart.

The February release date for “Cocaine Bear” puts it one week after the release of the Marvel sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and one week before Paramount’s “Dungeons & Dragons” movie.

“Cocaine Bear” is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”) and Aditya Sood (“The Martian”) for Lord Miller, by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman (“Pitch Perfect” franchise) for Brownstone Productions, and by Brian Duffield (“Spontaneous”). Robin Fisichella (“Ma”) and Nikki Baida executive produced.

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Keri Russell To Headline Netflix’s Political Thriller Series ‘The Diplomat’

Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity) has been tapped for the title role in The Diplomat, Netflix’s drama series created by Debora Cahn. Russell also will executive produce the series alongside Cahn and Janice Williams.

In The Diplomat, whose order is for eight 50-minute episodes, in the midst of an international crisis, career diplomat Kate Wyler (Russell) lands in a high-profile job she’s unsuited for, with tectonic implications for her marriage and her political future.

Cahn serves as executive producer and showrunner under her overall deal with Netflix. The Diplomat is slated to film in the UK.

For six seasons, Russell starred in the acclaimed FX series The Americans which earned her three Emmy nominations. She next stars in Cocaine Bear for director Elizabeth Banks and Extrapolations for director, writer and producer Scott Burns. Russell is repped by WME, The Burstein Company and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Source: https://deadline.com/

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