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Clint Eastwood Eyes Return to Acting in Real-Life Drug Mule Thriller

• https://movieweb.com, BRIAN GALLAGHER

The screen legend is planning on directing, producing and starring in The Mule, which tells the incredible true story of Leo Sharp, the world's oldest drug mule who was 87 years old when he was caught by the authorities, and 90 years old when he was sentenced to prison. This project is expected to be the director's next film, and it will be his first starring role since 2012, when he starred in Trouble With The Curve, which was directed by Robert Lorenz.

This project first surfaced back in 2014, when Imperative Entertainment acquired the rights to a June 2014 New York Times Magazine article entitled "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" by Sam Dolnick. The production company had set Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) to direct the movie while looking for a writer to adapt this incredible true story. While Ruben Fleischer is no longer involved, this new report reveals that Nick Schenk, who wrote the script for Clint Eastwood's 2008 drama Gran Torino, wrote the original draft of The Mule, with Dave Holstein (Weeds, The Brink) rewriting the script.

In 2011, at the age of 87, Leo Sharp was arrested by Michigan State Police, while in possession of more than 200 pounds of cocaine. For just under a decade, he was one of the most prolific drug mules for the Sinaloa Cartel, lead by the infamous El Chapo. DEA agents had tracked him down through wiretapped phone conversations with cartel leaders, who only identified this drug mule by the nickname "Tata," the Spanish word for "grandfather." Not only did Leo Sharp have no criminal record before this arrest, he was a decorated World War II veteran who received the Bronze Star Medal for his service, and later became a world-renowned horticulturist, best known for creating new hybrids of flowers. The the daylily "Hemerocallis 'Siloam Leo Sharp'" is named after him.

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