For the first time in six years Clint Eastwood is set to star in a movie. He'll also have an excellent director: Clint Eastwood. The subject is wild as hell; it's titled The Mule and is the true story of an octogenarian who became a drug mule and the FBI agent on his trail.
If Variety's sources are correct, Bradley Cooper will be on board as well, marking the first time the pair have worked together since American Sniper.
Variety describes Cooper as "in talks" to star alongside the 90-year-old acting and directing legend, but it sounds like a sure thing.
And why not? Hard to think of a more interesting subject that's also well-suited to Eastwood's and Cooper's talents. From Variety:
The movie is based on a 2014 New York Times Magazine feature by Sam Dolnick and follows Earl Stone (Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive — easy enough. But unbeknownst to Earl, he’s signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel, and also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Cooper).
As Variety reports, this comes at a time when Cooper is moving into directing as well, with a new version of A Star Is Born and a biopic about composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
It's kind of amazing that Clint Eastwood is still in the game at his age, but it's also a lesson. You don't have to stop doing your thing if you don't want to; it's all in your brain and your attitude.
After all, we're pretty sure Clint Eastwood could still kick our asses if he wanted to.