Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.
The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Sometime last summer, a report surfaced that Jim Carrey had been offered a part, possibly the lead, in the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell has since landed the title role, but now it seems Carrey may be interested in climbing aboard in a different capacity.
Carrey has entered negotiations for the film, which will be directed by 30 Rock‘s Don Scardino. Chad Kultgen first drafted the film, then John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein did a rewrite, and Jason Reitman was recently hired to polish the script. The story follows a Vegas magician who breaks up with his stage partner and finds himself upstaged by a younger, hipper illusionist. Carrey’s potential character in the film has not been revealed, though I suppose the most obvious guess is that he’ll play Wonderstone’s former partner. [Deadline]
After the jump, Eduardo Noriega takes on the Governator, while two Immortals stars head to Asia.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
The theme of this Casting Bits seems to be “rising stars,” as All My Children‘s Ambyr Childers stakes out a spot in an all-star cast, War Horse star Jeremy Irvine leads a movie starring Britain’s finest, and Thor actress Jaimie Alexander signs on to co-star with the Governator himself. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by Angie Han
Zach Gilford, best known as sensitive QB Matt Saracen on Friday Night Lights, will be starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand. Described as “a combination of Die Hard and High Noon,” the action film revolves around a border town sheriff (Schwarzenegger) who finds himself tasked with stopping a drug kingpin from crossing the U.S. border. Gilford will play one of the cops working under Schwarzenegger’s character.
The Last Stand marks the English-language debut of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil), as well as Schwarzenegger’s return to acting. Given the kind of work that Schwarzenegger and Gilford have each done in the past, I’m having a little trouble imagining them starring next to each other. But Gilford’s a wonderful actor who deserves to get way more work than he does, so I’m just happy to see him pick up a higher-profile gig for once. The Last Stand is due out January 18, 2013. [Deadline]
After the jump, pop star Pink tries her hand at acting, while actor Derek Luke gives music a shot.
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The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams (who, like John Goodman, just guest-appeared on Community) was in the running for the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and though he lost the part to Jamie Foxx, he may still end up in the film, in a part written just for him.
Hopefully another new job won’t get in the way; Williams will now also be a producer and actor in Life Garland‘s indie thriller The Suspect, written by Stuart Connelly. Here’s how the writer describes the film: “Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.” That’s a great premise that could be the beginning of a compelling film. We’ll definitely follow the development. Shadow and Act reveals that Isaiah Washington is also set for the film.
After the break, David Duchovny rides a sub, and The Last Stand and Cloud Atlas get new actors. Read More »
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It’s an action/thriller casting break this evening, featuring the return of some classic actors to familiar old stomping grounds. So after the break you’ll find:
- Peter Stormare is a bad guy in Arniold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand,
- Anthony Hopkins will hunt a serial killer in Solace,
- and Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and John Travolta may be confirmed for The Expendables 2.
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Several months ago, we were among the first to report that Arnold Schwarzenegger was very interested in starring in The Last Stand, an original action movie set up at Lionsgate with Kim Ji-Woon (I Saw The Devil) attached to direct. He eventually decided against it, opting instead for the small character piece Cry Macho, but then some major personal issues stopped all projects in their tracks. A revival of The Last Stand was rumored to be close yesterday, and now it is a certainty. Lionsgate has officially announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to movies will, in fact, be The Last Stand, written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Read the brand new plot description and more after the jump. Read More »
It’s been a rollercoaster year for Arnold Schwarzenegger. After finishing his term as Governor of California, the icon announced his return to acting, helped create awful-looking animated series The Governator, and waffled between a few projects including Kim Ji-woon‘s English-language debut The Last Stand and another film, Cry Macho, before settling on the latter as his first major post-political film role.
But then his paternity scandal caused him to put all media activities on hold for an indefinite period. That period has evidently now come to a close as there is a report that the actor will star in The Last Stand, which will shoot this September. Read More »
While rumors have been circulating for months about a whole slew of projects that Arnold Schwarzenegger was considering for his return to live action film, /Film has exclusively learned that The Governator has almost locked a deal to star in Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, Kim Ji-Woon‘s English language directorial debut written by first-time screenwriter Andrew Knauer. The film is about a lone border sheriff tasked with stopping an escaped drug dealer from crossing into Mexico in a super car. Liam Neeson was previously cast in the part but left the film a few months back. Read more after the jump. Read More »