The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, the site of much of the action in the extraordinary life of Barry Seal, the focus of the film. Seal was a pilot for Trans World Airlines in the 1970s who lost his job when he was caught flying plastic explosives from Miami to Mexico for an anti-Castro group. He subsequently went solo as an aviation consultant, and began a lucrative second career smuggling cannabis and cocaine between South and North America, eventually getting entangled with the notorious Colombian Medellin Cartel.
When he was caught, he made deals with the CIA and DEA to continue his activities as an informant and spy. His adventures saw him encounter infamous names like Pablo Escobar and Jorge Luis Ochoa Vásquez, expose political corruption in Nicaragua and have no small part in kicking off the Iran-Contra Affair. Wright will be playing Lucy Seal, Barry'Sarah Wright s homemaker wife who is initially unaware of his illegal activities.
Wright, last seen on the big screen alongside Elizabeth Banks in Walk Of Shame (2014), has most recently spent time appearing in US sitcom Marry Me and had roles in fellow TV series Mixology, Hello Ladies and Parks And Recreation.