Thursday, June 7, 2018

BURBANK—Filming is underway on Clint Eastwood's next feature film, a drama titled "The Mule," in which he stars and directs, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Monday.

The project, which Eastwood is also co-producing, marks the 88-year- old Oscar winner's first time on both sides of the camera since 2009's "Gran Torino."

Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job as a driver and finds himself working as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. The octogenarian drug mule does so well that his cargo increases exponentially, and he is assigned a handler while also coming under the radar of a hard-charging DEA agent on his trail.

Bradley Cooper, who stars as the government drug agent, received his most recent Oscar nominations for his work with Eastwood, acting in and producing "American Sniper."

Eastwood's daughter in the film is played by his 46-year-old real-life daughter, Alison Eastwood.

The cast also includes Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pea, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio.

Eastwood is directing from a screenplay by Nick Schenk ("Gran Torino"). The film will be shooting primarily in Georgia and New Mexico, according to Warner Bros.