First Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Last Stand’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2012 at 3:41 pm,

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[UPDATE: We've added a second image from The Last Stand!]

Arnold Schwarzenegger is celebrating his 65th year of living by working faster and harder than ever (as far as acting goes). He spent a few days reprising his role as “Bigger” Trench Mauser in Expendables 2 last year, before moving on to The Last Stand (where Ah-nuld returns to leading man position), following that with the long-awaited co-headlining vehicle with Sylvester Stallone, The Tomb. Schwarzenegger begins working on Breacher this fall, with Unknown Soldier on his docket thereafter (along with the Twins sequel, Triplets, possibly).

The Expendables sequel opens in a matter of weeks (from the time of writing this), but it’s Last Stand that fully transitions Schwarzenegger into the fourth quarter of his career. Scroll on down for the official first still of Arnie as Sheriff Ray Owens in the film.

The story revolves around Schwarzenegger as the aging Sheriff Owens, a disgraced LAPD officer who gave up his post and exiled himself to the Mexican border town of Sommerton Junction (as penance for screwing up an operation that left his partner permanently disabled). A chance for redemption presents itself in escaped drug cartel head Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) racing to cross the border, with a hostage for leverage, a small armada of thugs (including, Peter Stormare), and a “specially outfitted car.” Owens assembles a ragtag crew of officers that includes the “rookie” Sarah Torrance (Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander), and comically-inept Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville), to stage (you guessed it) a last stand against Cortez.

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Early word of mouth pegs Last Stand as a mixture of (south)western genre tropes with Fast and the Furious high-octane thrills, blended together with a dash of off-kilter comedy provided courtesy of Korean director Jee-woon Kim (similar to his cult western The Good, the Bad, the Weird). Professionally-untested screenwriter Andrew Knauer penned the original screen story and script draft, with a subsequent rewrite from Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor). George Nolfi (Adjustment Bureau) is also credited on IMDb as a “writing supervisor” on the project.

Last Stand, at one point, was taking shape as a Liam Neeson action flick. It’s an interesting choice of comeback vehicle for Arnold, who’s hoping for a second wind-career as a greying screen hero (similar to Neeson). We say “interesting” because Kim’s storytelling tendencies vary from relentlessly brutal and unnerving (I Saw the Devil) to quirky and off-beat. He’s adept at mixing violence with comedy – a skill that should serve well on his Hollywood debut.

Look for The Last Stand to open in U.S. theaters on January 18th, 2013.

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Source: USA Today, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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  1. Looking forward to this, Arnie’s hair still looks a bit mental tho, sort it out lad!

  2. very furious comeback of ahnuld, i hope the movies turn all good to bring him the respect back as one of the best(with stallone)actionstars. i´m very anticipated for his movies,and it´s cool to see him back.

  3. Looks good. It might be the first time I am in a movie theater in January.

  4. Yeah…him and Johnny Knoxville? I can see it now.

    I MIGHT rent this…

  5. Arnold seems okay.

    I am amazed this movie being comapred to Taken where the film made Liam Nesson a action hero.

    Nesson was 56 when he did Taken which is kind of late but he proved people wrong and Taken is one of the best action movies ever.

    I don’t know about Arnold, I mean the guy is 65 so can he still throw hard punches like he used to back in the day.

    Still the supporting cast is amazing.

    I hope The Last Stand, The Tomb and his other projects bring him back to the top.

  6. Arnie should not have gone back to acting.

    He retired from bodybuilding at the top of his game. He left acting when his popularity had peaked. He served two terms as Governor. The man has achieved more in his life than most people ever will. Who else can claim to have been at the top of sports, entertainment AND politics?

    By going back to acting at age 65, he is a shadow of his former self. An old man unconvincingly trying to plan an action hero. I want to remember Arnold as the original Terminator, Conan, Commando.

    • Ditto, well said.

      He looks quite old in the pics. I’ll probably give this a shot, but I hope it doesn’t make me feel sad for him.

      Stallone still looks great for his age and I don’t mind seeing him in action movies. Arnold, not so much. Let’s see how it turns out.

  7. I don’t get why people always use age against people when they are giving us their best. WE will all get old! The argument that Arnold is a “Shadow” of his former self is ludicrous. Why? Tell me where are this generation’s action stars? Teenage vampires? Comic book heroes? PUHLEASE. Has the wuss factor gotten so high that we can’t stand to see HUMAN BEINGS overcome impossible odds? I’ll take a 65 year old Arnold and Stallone and Willis over the so called “Screen heroes” on today’s screens.

    • here here! Could not have said it better.

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