Clint Eastwood’s movie ‘The Mule’ is set to be released in time for Christmas.
The veteran actor’s latest project – which marks his first acting role in six years – is set to open on December 14, and the Warner Bros. thriller will see him both direct and play the lead.
He will appear in the flick as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who has been left broke, alone and finds himself facing foreclosure of his business.
Earl is offered a job as a courier for a Mexican cartel, but he attracts the attention of DEA agent Colin Bates after also being assigned a menacing handler.
The story is is based on Leo Sharp, a 90 year old who was an award-winning horticulturist and World War II veteran known for his prized lilies when he was busted for running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and later sent to prison.
The movie – his first since 2012’s sport drama ‘Trouble With the Curve’ and the first time he has starred in a film he’s also directed since ‘Gran Torino’ a decade ago – has a stellar cast attached, including Bradley Cooper, Dianne West, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne and Clint’s own daughter Alison Eastwood.
Last month, the film studio’s boss Toby Emmerich suggested that Eastwood, 88, has always called the shots about when his projects are released.
He told Variety: “We’re waiting for Clint to show us the movie, and the way that’s worked for 25 years is whenever and wherever Clint says.”