Tom Cruise is returning to the skies in the upcoming action comedy “American Made,” which sees the star smuggling drugs, but for the good guys.
You get an idea of what you’re in for from the first scene, when Cruise crash-lands a plane filled with cocaine in the middle of a suburban neighborhood before stealing a kid’s bicycle and riding away.
But it’s for a good cause. At one point when Cruise gets arrested, he’s let go — much to the chagrin of the government officials watching over him.
Cruise stars in the film alongside Sarah Wright, who plays Seal’s wife, Lucy, and Domhnall Gleeson as Monty Schafer, a CIA operative who enlists Seal.
“All of this is legal?” Cruise asks.
“If you’re doing it for the good guys,” Gleeson responds.
Cruise plays real-life commercial airline pilot turned drug smuggler turned government informant Barry Seal. He flew cocaine shipments for the Medellín Cartel, whose most famous member includes Pablo Escobar. The Philadelphia Inquirer later called Seal “the most important witness in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.”
However, (spoilers), Seal was assassinated in 1986.
The film has been in the works for a few years, but has run into some legal trouble. Members of Seal’s family sued Universal Studios, claiming that the man’s life rights were sold by the wrong people.
The film also stars E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.
“American Made” is set to hit theaters on Sept. 29. Watch the trailer above.