What is the movie Cocaine Bear about? (and 5 things to know about the movie)

Cocaine Bear, Photo credit: Pat Redmond/Universal PicturesKeri Russell as Sari in Cocaine Bear
Cocaine Bear, Photo credit: Pat Redmond/Universal PicturesKeri Russell as Sari in Cocaine Bear /

As much as we were told not to judge a book by its cover, movie titles and initial posters are the first thing that capture our attention. So when we learned that Elizabeth Banks’ latest directorial project is titled Cocaine Bear, you bet we all became incredibly curious. More details have surfaced about the upcoming feature and its even better than we first believed.

What is the movie Cocaine Bear about? Who is set to star in it? When is it coming out? We share all the details to know about the movie so far. And keep this page bookmarked as we’ll be updating it with more information as it is announced.

What is the movie Cocaine Bear about?

The movie title is no joke or a metaphor. Just as it suggest, the story will follow a black bear after he accidentally consumes cocaine, which causes the bear to go on a murderous rampage.

Is the movie Cocaine Bear based on a true story?

Yes! The movie truly is inspired by a real events, but not nearly as serious or deadly, Variety reports.  The event took place in September 1985, after Andrew Thornton, a drug smuggler, dropped a duffel bag of cocaine over northern Georgia. A 175- pound bear was found dead three months later, and the cause of death was a cocaine overdose as the bear’s body was discovered next to over 40 containers of the drug. The bear’s body is displayed at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall in Lexington. As for Thornton, he died that same day due to a faulty parachute.

Cocaine Bear movie trailer

Check out the movie trailer, below:

While it sounds like it’s a horror-thriller on paper, the trailer teases more of a fun comedy-thriller.

When is Cocaine Bear coming out?

The movie premieres on Feb. 24, 2023, and it will be released exclusively in theaters. At the time of this writing, we don’t know when or where the movie will stream. We will be sure to keep you posted as more details surface!

Cocaine Bear movie cast

The cast includes Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristofer Hivju, Kahyun Kim, and others.

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