Clint Eastwood returns as director and lead actor with a drama that tells the true story of 80-year-old drug trafficker Leo Sharp.
At the age of 80, war veteran Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) looks back on a ruined life: his flower farm is bankrupt and has to be closed. His ex-wife Mary (Dianne Wiest) has little contact, even his daughter’s wedding Iris (Eastwood’s real daughter Alison Eastwood) misses Earl because he prefers to spend the evening at the bar. And also the relationship with his granddaughter Ginny (Taissa Farmiga) is disturbed. Then Earl gets an extraordinary offer.
The drug enforcement agency DEA has been trying in vain for years to stop the smuggling of cocaine into the United States. His boss (Laurence Fishburne) plans to hire ambitious DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) for the Mexican Sinaloa cartel. Together with his partner (Michael Peña), Bates follows the trail of drugs that drift across the Mexican border across the United States. A successful drug courier of the cartel moves into the crosshairs – 80-year-old Earl Stone.
“The Mule” – Backgrounds
Director Clint Eastwood (“Sully”) is filming the true story of drug trafficker Leo Sharp, who was arrested in 2011 – Sharp was 87 at the time – with a shipment of 104 kilograms of cocaine. Sharp had worked as a drug trafficker for years after his flower farm went bankrupt. The unbelievable story was first published in an article in the New York Times Magazine and adapted by the “Gran Torino” author Nick Schenk as a screenplay.
Screenwriter Nick Schenk is not the only old acquaintance Clint Eastwood, who has been directing and starring for the second time since “Gran Torino”, was on set in “The Mule”. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), who received an Oscar nomination for Best Westing’s controversial Eastwood work “American Sniper”, stands out from the high-profile cast list.
By the way, Alison Eastwood (“They Are Among Us”), the daughter of the director, who is also seen as a daughter in the film, actually becomes familial. The role of the bitter ex-wife is taken over by Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest (“Sisters”), Taissa Farmiga (“The Nun”) plays the granddaughter. High-profile is also the cast of the DEA agents, led by the two “Ant-Man and the Wasp” colleagues Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña in the fight against the Sinaloa cartel.