Merc With A Movie: The 16-Year Odyssey of the "Deadpool" Film
If you needed further proof that The Last Stand is going to be a great time, look no further than the film’s poster, unveiled by Collider. There’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, wearing shades, holding a piece of heavy artillery. Johnny Knoxville behind him, looking on in a mixture of wonder and surprise. This is what we all signed up for when we first heard about this film, and this is what we’re getting.
The most recent trailer for The Last Stand also showcased its action-heavy side, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it below. Consider us sold on this entire venture, which hits theaters on January 18.
The Last Stand marks Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first lead role since his return to acting. Directed by Jee-woon Kim (A Take of Two Sisters, The Good, the Bad, the Weird), the film centers on a sheriff nearing retirement whose border town is about to be overtaken by drug runners (including Peter Stormare). The film, which arrives Jan. 18, also stars Luis Guzmann, Harry Dean Stanton, Rodrigo Santoro and Forest Whitaker. Here’s the official synopsis:
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive 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 rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.