'Cocaine Bear' will be in theaters soon. Who's in the movie and when you can watch
The bizarre story of a 1985 drug heist gone wrong and the infamous Kentucky bear who gobbled up a large quantity of the "loot" is the subject of the high-octane new thriller "Cocaine Bear" being directed by actress and director Elizabeth Banks.
Here's what we know:
When is 'Cocaine Bear' scheduled to be released?
According to Universal Pictures, " Cocaine Bear" will be released exclusively to theaters on Feb. 24, 2023.
Who is in the cast of 'Cocaine Bear?'
"Cocaine Bear" was one of actor Ray Liotta's final projects. The actor died in his sleep in May 2022.
The film also stars Keri Russell, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christian Convery, Margo Martindale, and Matthew Rhys. Actor and director Elizabeth Banks directs the film, which is written by Jimmy Warden.
Can I watch a trailer for 'Cocaine Bear?'
Universal Pictures released the official trailer for the movie Wednesday. Get your first look here:
I'm the bear who ate cocaine. This is my story. pic.twitter.com/txBSiUl5hL
— Cocaine Bear (@cocainebear) November 30, 2022
What's Cocaine Bear rated?
The hour-and-35-minute film is rated R for bloody violence and gore, drug content and language throughout, according to IMDB.
What's the story behind Cocaine Bear?
Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction and in the case of "Cocaine Bear," this is certainly true. In 1985 a 175-pound black bear consumed the contents of a duffle bag filled with more than 70 pounds of cocaine. (That's roughly $15 million worth of "blow.")
The drugs were dropped from an airplane by a Kentucky drug runner, Andrew Thornton. The drug smuggler, who was the son of a wealthy Kentucky family of horse breeders, didn't fare too well either.
According to a display at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation headquarters, Thornton fell to his death when he bailed out of the plane, "hit his head on the tail of the aircraft" and didn't open his parachute until it was too late.
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What became of the real 'Cocaine Bear?'
The real furry icon has found a permanent home in the Bluegrass State. Cocaine Bear was stuffed and is now the mascot at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall, 720 Bryan Ave., Lexington.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Cocaine Bear will be in theaters Friday. What to know before you go