It has been rumored for a while now, but today a press release via Twitter confirms that Arnold Schwarzenegger is official cast as a small town sheriff in the upcoming film The Last Stand from Lionsgate.
Those that have heard the story know that the Korean director Kim Jee-Woon has been attached to this as his first American film after wowing audiences with his Korean thrillers A Bittersweet Life, I Saw the Devil, and the crazy action-comedy western The Good, the Bad, and the Weird.
Lionsgate also released a bit more of the plot today:
“Schwarzenegger will be starring as Sheriff Owens, 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 one of the most daring face offs in cinema history.”
Given that Schwarzenegger rarely appeared in movies during his tenure as California governor, and the recent controversy surrounding his love child, expectations are high for his first film back.
With Kim Jee-Woon behind the camera, it’s sure to be a well shot, inventive action flick, more in the vain of Schwarzenegger’s best 80’s action films, rather than the cameos he’s been doing lately. I’m excited, the film is shooting for a 2012 release. What do you think?