Truth is often stranger than fiction, and that appears to be the line that American Made is walking. The trailer teases a story where “some of this shit really happened.” It follows Barry Seal, a fired TWA pilot who becomes a drug smuggler for the CIA and the DEA. Director Doug Liman described the movie back in 2015 and why it appealed to him as a filmmaker:
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.”
The movie, which has seen a title change from Mena, has been bouncing around Hollywood since 2014, where it ended up on The Black List. The movie eventually fell into Liman and star Tom Cruise’s hands in 2015. The trailer, which was supposed to be released with Cruise’s The Mummy this weekend, leaked early and Universal Pictures put up a high-quality version.
Summary: A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.
American Made, directed by Doug Liman, stars Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, and Sarah Wright. It will be released on September 29th.