Elizabeth Banks’ Upcoming ‘Cocaine Bear’ Movie Announces Official Release Date

A black bear wearing a blue hat

Last year, news surfaced about a new movie in the works about a legendary bear in the state of Kentucky, that swallowed a shit ton of cocaine (76 pounds worth) and went on a tweaked out rampage.

For those who missed it or need a little refresher, here’s a little rundown of the wild story:

A former narcotics officer and lawyer turned drug dealer, Andrew Thornton II, was on a drug run from Colombia when he dropped $15 million worth of cocaine from a plane in several spots all across the southeast.

Topping off his run, he jumped from his auto-piloted plane, but died in a free-fall after getting caught up in his parachute.

The now legendary black bear thought he’d stick his nose in one of these rogue piles of the devil’s dandruff… and after packing his stomach full and going on a berserk tear, he died.

The bear’s body has since been stuffed and turned into a tourist attraction, and it later ended up in a pawn shop owned by Waylon Jennings. It even popped up on a TV ad five years ago, named “Pablo Escobear”.

The movie is titled Cocaine Bear (Because what else would it be called?), and directed by Elizabeth Banks, giving us a deeper look at the batshit insanity that happened back in Lexington, Kentucky back in 1985.

With that being said, we now have a release date set for the movie, as it’s slated to drop February 24, 2023, and will star Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Get ready, this is gonna be a wild one.

Sturgill Simpson discussed the legend of Cocaine Bear with his band on Joe Rogan’s podcast:

And I’ll say it again, if a Tyler Childers song doesn’t get a feature on the soundtrack, I will boycott… and that’s a fact.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock