It’s been 37 years for the reason that information first broke a few black bear discovered lifeless in Georgia after ingesting about 70 pounds of cocaine, which apparently fell out of a lifeless smuggler’s aircraft and landed within the wilderness. But it’s solely been just a few years for the reason that information broke that The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street directors-turned-producing-team Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been backing a darkish comedy primarily based on that information story, turning the lifeless bear right into a rampaging, drug-addled killer bear “on a rampage for blow and blood,” per the film’s tagline. Now the primary trailer for Cocaine Bear has landed, and it’s wall-to-wall mayhem: half Stephen King’s Cujo, half Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, with perhaps slightly little bit of Reno 911! thrown in.
Ray Liotta options in Cocaine Bear, the final movie he accomplished earlier than his dying in early 2022. There are numerous acquainted names within the forged, together with Margo Martindale, Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Scott Seiss, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. amongst them. But the star is clearly the CG bear, which alternates between cute YouTube-animal conduct and ripping folks’s limbs off, apparently as a result of it feels they’re coming between it and its subsequent bump.
Elizabeth Banks directed Cocaine Bear, which looks like an odd challenge for her: Banks’ work on Pitch Perfect 2 and the 2019 Charlie’s Angels reveals she’s thinking about each comedy and motion, however this one appears slightly reckless, foolish, and over-the-top for her tastes. Or perhaps we’re simply seeing a facet of her we’ve by no means seen earlier than: the facet drawn to completely goofy humor about folks being terrorized by coked-up wildlife.
Cocaine Bear will debut in theaters on Feb. 24, 2023.