- 30 Jun 21
The new comedy-thriller is the latest in a string of Hollywood movies to be filmed in Ireland.
Elizabeth Banks is the latest Hollywood actress to move to Ireland to shoot her latest film "Cocaine Bear".
The US actress and director took to Twitter to share the news, telling fans that the film will actually be set in Georgia in the US.
The 30-second clip shows the Hunger Games actress with the tri-colour waving as she explores the Irish coastline, attempts driving on "the wrong side of the road," and tries a staple of the Irish diet - referring to Tayto crisps as "chips".
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 28, 2021
The actress has been busy behind the camera in recent years, directing Pitch Perfect 2 and the 2019 adaptation of Charlie's Angels.
Banks will be directing comedy-thriller Cocaine Bear, produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Universal and inspired by a true story which took place in 1985.
The New York Times reported at the time that a 175-pound black bear consumed the contents of a duffle bag filled with more than 70 pounds of cocaine that was dropped from an airplane by a local drug smuggler, Andrew Thornton. The bear was later found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
Details of the plot for the new film are yet to be announced.
Cocaine Bear is the latest Hollywood film to be produced in Ireland. Production began on the Disney film Disenchanted this month in Enniskerry Co. Wicklow, whilst in Co. Antrim Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez have been shooting Dungeons & Dragons in Carrickfergus.
Ireland currently offers a 32% – 37% tax credit for film, television and animation according to Screen Ireland which is playing a big part in luring Hollywood productions to Ireland.