Just like Robert Redford, 82, who recently made his last movie to concentrate on directing, Clint Eastwood, 88, has also shown you are never too old to star in and direct a Film.

The first trailer has just been released for the upcoming film “The Mule,” which also stars Bradley Cooper and a host of other Hollywood stars. As can be gleaned from the title, Eastwood plays the role of an elderly drug mule, making deliveries of cocaine for a Mexican cartel. His character is broke, and he hopes that one final job will set him up for the rest of his life.

Drug mule says it’s his last delivery

While Redford said it was his last film, Eastwood’s character is saying the latest cocaine delivery would be the very last one, so help him God. Again similar to Redford’s film, “The Old Man and the Gun,” his character in “The Mule” is based on a real character, Leo Sharp, an elderly horticulturist and WWII veteran who was busted in Michigan in his 80s for moving 200 pounds of cocaine over the Mexico border for the notorious El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel.

As reported by Variety, as Eastwood’s character, Earl Stone, is set to lose his business and has no money, he decides to take on “one last job” to set himself up in a law-abiding retirement on a farm somewhere in Michigan State.

As with everything in life, this rarely works out as we see a cop approaching Sharp’s car. While he manages to convince the cop he is carrying a load of pecan nuts, a drug sniffer dog in the cop’s vehicle suddenly starts barking.

Just in time for awards season

As noted by Uproxx, the release of the film on 14 December this year perfectly lines up for the upcoming awards season.

Also, not only does Eastwood star in the film he is also the director, something the veteran actor hasn’t done since his 2009 film “Gran Torino.”

Eastwood also finds the subject of the film to be interesting, as while this is his character’s “one last job,” he is hardly a seasoned criminal and is fairly new to the life of crime.

The story tends to reveal that sometimes a person will do anything, just to survive in this world, while admitting that he has been a terrible father and husband.

Synopsis of ‘The Mule'

A brief breakdown of the film’s synopsis is that it is about Earl Stone, an octogenarian who is alone, broke and losing his business. When he is offered a job where he is simply required to drive, it seems easy enough for him. However, he had no idea that he was becoming a drug mule for the Sinaloa cartel. He does his job maybe a bit too well, and the amount of product he has to keep moving gradually increases until he comes to the attention of a DEA agent, Colin Bates – played by Cooper.

Now he is facing two dangers – the DEA agent himself and also the Mexican drug cartel, who obviously won’t be happy to lose their precious “product.”

Besides Eastwood and Cooper, other stars in “The Mule” include Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga and Clifton Collins Jr. The film is set to premiere in cinemas on 14 December 2018.