Set to hit theaters on Feb. 24, 2023, Cocaine Bear is based on a 1985 incident involving a bear who died of a drug overdose in 1985. A New York Times report states authorities had found the 175-pound animal dead in northern Georgia, where it apparently discovered and consumed a large batch of cocaine. Investigators suspected the drugs were discarded by convicted drug smuggler Andrew Thornton as he was parachuting from a plane he had been piloting.
The film is highlighted by a star-studded cast that includes Ray Liotta, marking one of Liotta’s final acting roles and the first to be released following his death in May, as well as Margo Martindale, Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Scott Seiss, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Adapted from a screenplay by Jimmy Warden (The Babysitter: Killer Queen), Cocaine Bear is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) and Aditya Sood (The Martian) for Lord Miller, by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman (Pitch Perfect for Brownstone Productions, and by Brian Duffield (Spontaneous). Robin Fisichella (Ma) will executive produce.
Watch the official trailer for Cocaine Bear up top.