The film follows a black bear that embarks on a murderous rampage and as the title suggests, it ingests an unintentional copious amount of cocaine. While the film is based on a true story, the murderous rampage is of course dramatized. Cocaine Bear is based on actual chain of events that occurred in September 1985 when a convicted drug smuggler named Andrew Thornton offloaded a duffel bag of cocaine over Northern Georgia. The 175-pound bag of cocaine was accidentally ingested by a black bear which later overdosed and discovered three months later next to 40 plastic containers of cocaine. Thornton also died when attempting to abandon the overloaded plane in a parachute that proved fault. Today, a taxidermy of the bear is on display at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun mall in Lexington.
Cocaine Bear stars Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristofer Hivju, Kahyun Kim, Christian Convery, Brooklynn Prince and newcomer Scott Seiss. The film marks Liotta's final acting roles and the first release since his death this May. Cocaine Bear was filmed in Ireland in late 2021.
The film is slated to release in theaters on February 24, 2023.
I'm the bear who ate cocaine. This is my story. pic.twitter.com/txBSiUl5hL
— Cocaine Bear (@cocainebear) November 30, 2022
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