Cocaine Bear

Cocaine Bear


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Cocaine Bear is the story of just that: a black bear who somehow gets his hands on a massive amount of cocaine and swallows it. The result is a drug-fueled rampage of mayhem and murder.

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Cocaine Bear is an upcoming thriller directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Jimmy Warden. The movie is produced by Universal Pictures. What may surprise viewers is that the film is based on a true and shocking story of an American black bear who swallowed a duffel bag full of cocaine in 1985. The illicit drug fell out of a plane flying overhead. And it wasn't just any plane: the pilot was Andrew C. Thornton, a former narcotics agent turned smuggler.

The all-star cast includes Keri Russell as Colette Matthews, O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Howard, and Ray Liotta in the role of Dentwood. Cocaine Bear will be one of the last films to feature Ray Liotta following his death in May 2022.

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Cocaine Bear will be released in theaters on February 24, 2023. Check back with JustWatch to find out when and where it will be available to stream.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • March 19, 2021: Elizabeth Banks signs on as director of Cocaine Bear. (Source: Deadline)
  • July 11, 2021: The movie will star Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson, Ray Liotta, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Production is set to begin the following month. (Source: Deadline)
  • November 30, 2022: The first trailer for the movie is released showing the amped up bear at the heart of the story. (Source: Deadline)

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