Clint Eastwood, 87, ‘set to return to acting as the world’s oldest drug smuggler in The Mule’… marking his first screen role in six years
Art and Experience: He is one of the best known actors across the globe, but has turned his attention to directing in recent years.
However Clint Eastwood is reportedly set to appear in front of the camera again, for the first time in six years.
According to The Tracking Board, the 87-year-old is preparing to direct, produce and star in a film about the world’s oldest drug mule Leo Sharp – in his first screen role since Trouble With The Curve, back in 2012.
He’s back: Famous actor and director Clint Eastwood is reportedly set to appear in front of the camera again in drug drama The Mule – his first screen role in six years
The film will follow Leo Sharp, who became the world’s oldest drug mule when he was arrested for smuggling 200 pounds of cocaine into Michigan, aged 87.
He was sentenced to three years in prison at the age of 90 in May 2014, before he was released early due to terminal illness and passed away, two years later.
The report claims the script for the film has been written by Nick Schenk, who collaborated with Clint on his 2008 hit Gran Torino.
Back in the day: The 87-year-old has turned his attention to directing in recent years, and last appeared in Trouble With The Curve in 2012
Clint is thought to be starring in as well as directing the flick, marking his first on-screen role since Trouble With The Curve in 2012.
The film followed ageing baseball agent Gus Lobel, who embarks on one last scouting trip with his workaholic daughter Mickey (played by Amy Adams), in a bid to save his career and reputation.
MailOnline has contacted Clint’s representatives for comment.
Big role: Clint (above) is set to play Leo Sharp, who became the world’s oldest drug mule when he was arrested for smuggling 200 pounds of cocaine into Michigan, aged 87
Clint has directed a whole host of blockbuster films over the years, including Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and 2014’s American Sniper, as well as starring in the likes of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the iconic Dirty Harry franchise.
While his return to acting may be imminent, Clint is currently promoting his most recent directorial project, The 15:17 to Paris.
The flick, set for release on February 9, is based on the true story of three Americans, who tackled a terrorist gunman on a train to Paris, saving hundreds of lives.
Main man: Clint has directed a whole host of blockbuster films over the years, including Million Dollar Baby (above), Unforgiven and 2014’s American Sniper
Making the project more poignant, Clint opted against using actors, with the heroes who prevented the attack – Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos – portraying themselves on screen.
Child actors will play the trio in flashback scenes as the movie sets out to explore who the men are and what drove them to react they way they did on that fateful day they boarded the train from Amsterdam to Paris.
Suspected terrorist Mr El-Khazzani, who is now is awaiting trial in France, got on the train at Brussels armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition a pistol, a bottle of petrol, a box-cutter and a hammer.
Coming up: Clint is currently promoting his most recent directorial project, The 15:17 to Paris – based on the true story of three Americans, who tackled a terrorist gunman on a train to Paris
After a struggle on the train, the group beat him unconscious and tied him up for police to arrest him.
They were awarded with Legion d’honneur medals for their actions and also personally received a hero award from Eastwood himself at the Spike TV’s Annual Guy Choice Awards in 2016.
In the wake of the attack, Staff Sergeant Stone said that without the help of friends Sadler and US Army Specialist Skarlatos, they would all have died in the attack.
‘Everyone had a role,’ he told GQ magazine. ‘That’s one thing I want to emphasize: It was a team effort.
‘It feels sometimes like people want to boost me up to be the biggest hero in the room. But it’s not like that. I might have been the first one up, but if I’d been the only one up, I’d be dead.’