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29th Jun 2021

Elizabeth Banks moves family to Ireland to start filming new movie Cocaine Bear

Clara Kelly

Move over Matt Damon, there’s a new A-lister in town.

Elizabeth Banks has moved her entire family to Ireland to start filming on her new movie, amazingly titled, Cocaine Bear.

The actress took to Twitter on Monday to confirm that she had relocated alongside her family as filming begins on her new project.

In the video shared by Banks, she can be seen driving past a Dublin Bus, taking her sons to see the Irish Sea, and even trying out some Tayto crisps – after all, is there anything more Irish than Tayto?

“I moved to Ireland. I’m making a movie here, it’s set in Georgia but hey,” she said in the clip.

Banks, still best known in front of the camera for her turns in The Hunger Games and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, has been hired by Universal to direct this comedy-thriller inspired by true events that took place in 1985.

As reported by The New York Times at the time, a large black bear happened across a duffle bag in the wild, and proceeded to consume the contents of said bag. The bag happened to be ditched by a local drug smuggler, and the contents included lots and LOTS of cocaine.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, Into The Spider-Verse, 21 Jump Street) are also set to produce the movie.

It is unclear if the plot of Cocaine Bear will follow the exact story of what happened back in 1985, but either way – we can’t wait to see it.