‘Cry Macho’: When Does Clint Eastwood’s New Movie Come Out?

by Matthew Memrick

Expect a fall release for actor/director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming “Cry Macho” movie.

The Warner Brothers film has a Sept. 17 release date and stars country music star and actor Dwight Yoakam. It will come out in theaters and HBO Max.

The movie comes three years after his last one, “The Mule.” This week, the film’s trailer came out, and it’s Eastwood’s first Western since 1992’s “Unforgiven.”

“This macho thing is overrated,” Eastwood says in the trailer. “Just people trying to be macho to show that they’ve got grit. That’s about all they end up with.”

At 91, Eastwood dons another cowboy hat and stars in the lead role in a film he’s wanted to make for decades. N. Richard Nash wrote the book in 1975, and Eastwood attempted to make the movie on a few occasions. At one point, Arnold Schwartzenegger was a choice for the lead role.

Eastwood produces and directs (his 39th directed one!) himself in the intergenerational friendship flick about a one-time rodeo star charged with bringing the son of his ex-boss back home from Mexico. His Mike Milo character and the son, named Rafo, go on a wild ride in the road to Milo’s grasp at redemption. Rafo, played by Eduardo Minett, is a 15-year-old boy. Minett is making his English-language feature film debut.

“It’s about a man who has been through some hard times in his life, and then unexpectedly another challenge is brought to the foreground,” Eastwood told Entertainment Weekly. “He would normally never do it, but he is a man of his word. He follows through. And it starts his life over again.”

‘Cry Macho’ Is Clint Eastwood’s Longtime Pet Project

Eastwood’s film is also starring a pet rooster.

 “The rooster would do exactly what he’s supposed to, everything, it was very simple and kind of fun,” the four-time Oscar winner said.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Eastwood took the role in 1988, but the film never materialized. IMDB.com said that actors Pierce Brosnan, Roy Scheider, and Arnold Schwarzenegger took on the lead role but production was canceled.

“[Producer] Al Ruddy asked me if I would do it, and I felt I was too young for the part. I thought I might direct it then, but it went by the wayside. Then, about a year ago, we brought it back out, and feels like I’m just at the right age now and I thought it’d be fun to do,” Eastwood told People.

Some of Eastwood’s more recent movies include “Richard Jewell,” “The 15:17 to Paris,” “Sully,” “American Sniper,” and “Jersey Boys.”

At one point, ‘Cry Macho’ had an October release. Now, bumped up to compete with “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Copshop,” “Goose,” “The Mad Women’s Ball,” and “I’m Your Man.”