Clint Eastwood plays one last dangerous game in The Mule

What a thrilling final performance this could be for the iconic Clint Eastwood in the upcoming drama THE MULE.

I’m always on the lookout for really well put together trailers of new movies and ones which also surprise me and THE MULE is one such trailer. Wow! Watching the icon who is Clint Eastwood and no stranger at all to playing with danger, as a seemingly pleasant and innocent old man who is gradually revealed to be a drug smuggler, was not what I was expecting. But that’s what appears to transpire as you watch the gripping trailer for this upcoming drama, which Eastwood also directs.

A New York Times Magazine article by Sam Dolnick entitled ‘The Sinola Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule’ was the inspiration for Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk to pen this crime mystery. And what a doozy of a mystery it looks, as we wonder why Eastwood’s World War Two veteran Earl Stone winds up transporting drugs for a powerful Mexican drug cartel. Adding to the puzzle we see the director’s American Sniper star, the incredible Bradley Cooper, in a police vest as well as alongside the venerable Laurence Fishburne and the superb Michael Pena – DEA agents, perhaps? But then there is the one and only Andy Garcia on menacing form with a shotgun. Not good news for Clint, we think.

There’s also the life that Earl Stone seems to have abandoned long ago – his family, which looks to include the Oscar-winning Dianne Wiest and also his own daughter, Alison Eastwood.

“Family’s the most important thing. Don’t do what I did. I put work in front of family.” 

So says the gravelly-voiced superstar, set against wistful piano music on the trailer’s soundtrack. Whatever deal Earl’s made with the cartel and for whatever reasons, can he make it out alive?

This is billed as Clint Eastwood’s final film performance and from the look of this first glimpse, it could be a thrilling way to sign off such an auspicious acting career which started all the way back in 1955. I for one will be in line to see it when the movie opens in the UK on 25 January 2019.

Until then, watch this…