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Trailer drops for bizarre true story about bear who consumed 30kg of cocaine

Chloe Rowland

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Trailer drops for bizarre true story about bear who consumed 30kg of cocaine

The trailer for a bizarre new flick about a bear that ate 70lbs of cocaine has just dropped. Prepare to be absolutely baffled:

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Keri Russell and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are set to star in the movie, which details a bear that stumbles upon a load of cocaine and essentially decides to have the sesh of a lifetime.

Viewers can expect to be drawn into the absolute mayhem that ensues, as the wired animal is out for blood.

At one point in the chaos-filled trailer, we see Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s character discovering that bears can still climb trees despite being buzzing, while at another we see someone - quite reasonably - asking: “What the f*ck is wrong with that bear?”. Yeah, fair enough.

Believe it or not, Cocaine Bear is based on true events from 1985, where a 175-pound black bear apparently ingested a whopping 30kg of the class-A, before dying of an overdose.

No, really.

Ever seen a bear on cocaine? No, me neither. Credit: Universal
Ever seen a bear on cocaine? No, me neither. Credit: Universal

According to reports at the time, the bear had discovered a batch of the drug after it was dropped from a plane by Andrew Thornton, a convicted drug smuggler, and decided to tuck in.

Speaking about the movie, director Elizabeth Banks said: "All of my films so far, mostly, are about underdogs, and no matter who you are, if you meet a bear who is high on cocaine, you are the underdog in that situation.

“And that presents an opportunity just for a lot of comedy and delight.”

Could this be the next Oscar winner? Credit: Universal
Could this be the next Oscar winner? Credit: Universal

Banks added that she took inspiration from the likes of horror classic Jaws: "I love horror, and I love gore, and I love horror-comedy, and I love Sam Raimi, and I love John Carpenter.

“This takes place in 1985, so I felt like this was a real opportunity to create a homage to some of those kinds of films, but to do something unique tonally because it is also a character piece.”

Safe to say, people don't know what to make of the upcoming film.

"I’m glad you can finally tell your tale," wrote one Twitter user.

"Thank you Cocaine Bear, I feel this film will honor your legacy. Papa Bear Escobar," said another.

And a third wrote: "ONE TICKET TO COCAINE BEAR PLEASE."

The film will land in cinemas on February 24, 2023, so not too long to wait if the idea of watching a coked-out bear is on your 2023 bucket list.

Featured Image Credit: Universal

Topics: TV and Film

Chloe Rowland
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