Drug-Fueled Mayhem in Elizabeth Banks Comedy – The Hollywood Reporter

A bear goes on a drug-fueled adventure in the outrageous first trailer for Universal Pictures’ aptly titled dark comedy. Cocaine Bear.

Inspired by the eerie true events of 1985, director Elizabeth Banks’ film focuses on a bear who consumes a monumental amount of cocaine after a drug runner’s plane crashes, leading authorities, criminals, teenagers and tourists to the Georgia wilderness. , the fiery beast is out for blood. The film, which hits theaters on February 24, 2023, features an ensemble cast that includes Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Alden Ehrenreich, Margo Martindale and the late Ray Liotta in their final performances.

A memorable moment shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s character learning the hard way that bears can climb trees. And at a different point, another character asks, “What’s wrong with that bear?” aptly sums up the situation with the fair question of

Moderated during the trailer launch event The Hollywood ReporterBanks, previously directed Pitch Perfect 2 And Charlie’s Angels, explained why she sees a connection between her past projects and this one. “All my movies so far, mostly, have been about underdogs, and no matter who you are, if you meet a bear that’s high on cocaine, you’re the underdog in that situation,” Banks said. “And it provides an opportunity for a lot of humor and joy.”

Banks was inspired by creature-feature flicks the jaws But still pictures stand by me. “I love horror, and I love gore, and I love horror-comedy, and I love Sam Raimi, and I love John Carpenter,” Banks said. “It takes place in 1985, so I thought it was a real opportunity to create an homage to some of those movies, but also a character piece to do something unique.”

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