Tom Cruise portrays TWA pilot Barry Seal in the upcoming crime comedy drama American Made, directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith).
The film, written by Gary Spinelli based on Seal’s incredible true story, revolves around the pilot’s “adventures” after being recruited by the CIA in the 1980s to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. He becomes a smuggler of drugs and arms and money launderer involved with the Medellin cartel, and is recruited later on (after his sentencing) by the DEA to cooperate as an informant.
The trailer blends comic, action and partying scenes, revealing quite much of the storyline. One of the scenes features Seal who, after being ordered to land the plane he’s flying, makes a “forced landing” in a peaceful neighborhood and then takes a boy’s bike to run away, not before giving him two stacks of bills (one for him, one for his sister).
“You never saw me!” he says hitting the road, with his face and clothes covered in drugs. The question “Is this
legal” can be often heard, but – obviously – not also the answer. “Do you trust me?” asks Cruise’s character to
his wife, Lucy, portrayed by Sarah Wright, who answers, as if it was obvious, “No”.
The film, starring also Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, Jesse Plemons, Jed Rees, and featuring music
by Christophe Beck, was initially set for a 6 January release, this year, but it was been postponed for September 29.