Movie fans can barely contain their excitement at seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger back on the big screen again in a proper starring role, and Kim Jee-woon’s The Last Stand is set to give fans exactly what they want! Arnie is also set to star in The Expendables 2, and although his role in that film is set to be much more ‘substantial’, he has a much bigger role in The Last Stand.
With news that production is now underway, Arnie does not have long to spend on the set of the Expendables 2 before he is needed here. Before we get to the new and brave choices of cast members, let’s not forget that firstly, Arnie is set to play a small town Sheriff, and secondly, Jee-woon has been responsible for some classic but bizarre movies in his native Korea. The director has made films such as I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, A Bittersweet Life and A Tale of Two Sisters, hardly the kind of director you’d expect to be in charge of Arnie. However, I believe this is a great move on both their parts, and the clash of genres should work brilliantly.
Now, just to spice things up, Johnny Noxville, Forest Whittaker and Luis Guzman have joined the cast, a really odd bunch of actors to get together on the same film. I am sure it will work, and for Christ sake Arnie is in it, why won’t it work!
Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.
The film is scheduled for a January 2013 release.
By Matt Wavish