Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' Gets December Release Date

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Clint Eastwood

The prolific filmmaker both directs and stars in the crime drama, marking his first onscreen appearance since 2012's 'Trouble With the Curve.'

Clint Eastwood's The Mule will open nationwide in theaters on Dec. 14, the beginning of the lucrative Christmas corridor, Warner Bros. announced Thursday.

The prolific filmmaker both directs and stars in the crime drama, marking the first time he has appeared onscreen since 2012's Trouble With the Curve.

Eastwood will star alongside Dianne Wiest, Michael Pena, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio. In addition, Bradley Cooper has a small role.

The Mule tells the story of Earl Stone (Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. What he discovers is that he has just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. Stone does the job so well that his cargo increases exponentially, and he is assigned a handler. But he also appears on the radar of a determined DEA agent. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Stone's prior mistakes start to weigh heavily on him. It's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him.

The Mule will go up against Universal's Mortal Engines and Sony's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, among other entries, and marks Eastwood's second film of 2018 after The 15:17 to Paris.