Elizabeth Banks’s Cocaine Bear Release Date Set for February 2023!

Cocaine Bear Release Date: Filmmakers who like to “throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks” are no strangers to creating films with outlandish notions and stories. Whether it's Paul Dano of The Batman playing the straight man to Daniel Radcliffe's reanimated corpse-cum-life preserver in 2016's Swiss Army Man or Nicolas Cage of The Wolf of Wall Street desperately seeking his kidnapped pig in 2017's critically acclaimed Pig, unconventional ideas can be as successful as tried-and-true formulas if they can keep the audience engaged.

To what extent Elizabeth Banks's newest film, Cocaine Bear, succeeds remains to be seen. This upcoming Universal Pictures film is exactly what it seems like it would be: the story of a black bear who gets drunk on cocaine in the wilderness. It's okay to be baffled by the premise; you're not alone. What we do know is as follows.

Title Cocaine Bear
Release Status Not Yet
Release date February 24, 2023
OTT Release date
Not available on any OTT Platform right now
Language English
Comedy, Crime, Suspense, and Thriller
Director Elizabeth Banks

Cocaine Bear Release Date: When Will It Air?

Production firms can pick from a variety of different distribution methods. They can either space out the releases in different regions so that everyone sees it at the same time, or they can release it all at once everywhere.


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 To everyone's relief, Universal Pictures has decided to launch the film simultaneously in all regions. The 24th of February, 2023 may seem far away, but it will actually arrive much sooner than you think. A film adaptation is in the works, and with a narrative of this grandeur, it is only fitting that it be shown on the big screen when it is released.

Cocaine Bear Plot

Insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that Jimmy Warden wrote the script for the film on the spot, and the publication claims that the finished product will be “a unique bear-driven horror-comedy — with heart.”

According to THR's cited industry sources, Cocaine Bear was pitched to Universal as a cross between the R-rated comedy film Good Boys (about a group of outrageous teenage boys) and the epic survival drama The Revenant.

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A more detailed plot summary was published by Deadline in May 2022, while character descriptions were still sketchy. According to the plot summary, “Cocaine Bear” is “based on the true story of a drug runner's plane accident, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it in 1985.”

In the movie, “a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a stunning amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled spree seeking more blow… and blood,” and a mishmash of law enforcement officers, criminals, tourists, and teenagers converge in a Georgia forest to try to stop him.

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“It's a fun discussion piece inspired by this insane true incident from 1985 and an opportunity to cut through a little noise,” director Elizabeth Banks said in a new interview with The New York Times.

Cocaine Bear Cast

One of the actor Ray Liotta‘s last films to be completed was “Cocaine Bear.” The actor passed away peacefully in his sleep in May of 2022. In addition to Keri Russell and O'Shea Jackson Jr., the cast of the movie also includes Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christian Convery, Margo Martindale, and Matthew Rhys. Elizabeth Banks, who is also an actor and director, is in charge of directing the movie, and Jimmy Warden is the one who wrote it.

Cocaine Bear Trailer

Even if there is not yet an official trailer available, you can still take a look at the film's official poster while you wait for Universal Pictures to produce a promotional trailer for the movie in the near future.

Is the Cocaine Bear Based on a True Story?

It Takes Its Cue From the Account of an American Black Bear Who Consumed a Cocaine-filled Duffel Bag in 1985.

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