Jason Momoa To Battle Sylvester Stallone In New Crime Thriller

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

Jason Momoa cast in untitled Sylvester Stallone crime thriller Jason Momoa To Battle Sylvester Stallone In New Crime Thriller

Former Stargate: Atlantis cast member Jason Momoa has become a hot commodity in the wake of his role as Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He looks to further strengthen his image as an onscreen badass by headlining this summer’s Conan the Barbarian reboot and portraying a cop killer in action movie director Walter Hill’s new film, formerly known as Headshot.

Momoa will appear opposite Sylvester Stallone and Fast Five‘s Sung Kang as a mismatched pair of professionals (Stallone is a New Orleans hitman, Kang is a New York police officer), who join forces in order to track down the crooks responsible for murdering their respective partners.

Latino Review says that Momoa is up to play the villainous Keegan in Hill’s movie, which is an adaptation of the comic book “Bullet to the Head” by French author Alexis Nolent (who writes under the pseudonym Matz). Oscar-nominee Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) was responsible for scripting the big-screen version of Nolent’s violent crime noir series, which is expected to begin production in Louisiana before the month is out.

Thomas Jane (The Punisher) was at one point set to team up with Stallone in Hill’s movie, but he was eventually dropped from the cast – reportedly due to Dark Castle production company head Joel Silver wanting the film to feature a multi-racial buddy cop duo, like in Hill’s 48 Hours or Silver’s Lethal Weapon series.

Although Jane previously claimed that the (currently, officially untitled) film’s script is “tailor made” for Stallone, Hill, and himself, it seems that version of the movie is destined to remain a theoretical one. Take that as you will.

A Jane/Stallone teamup is not in the cards right now.

While feelings about Jane’s incarnation of Frank “The Punisher” Castle tend to vary, most fans seem to agree that he is capable of pulling off the “macho man” act convincingly enough. Kang, on the other hand, leaves less of an impression whenever he is onscreen in the Fast and the Furious movies – not to mention, he doesn’t really stack up well against the likes of 48 Hours‘ Eddie Murphy or Lethal Weapon‘s Danny Glover. So while they could surprise in the final product, the pairing of Stallone and Kang reads as a weaker teamup on paper than Stallone and Jane.

Nonetheless, with Momoa and Stallone prepped to square off against one another, Hill’s new crime drama is still shaping up to be a fast-paced, shoot-em-up thriller that pays homage to buddy-cop movies of the 1980s – similar to how Stallone’s The Expendables was a throwback to testosterone-fueled action fests from that decade. Fans just have to wait and see if this particular retro-piece can be as entertaining as its predecessors.

We’ll let you know when Hill’s crime thriller has secured an official title and release date.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. Knew he would get gigs in action movies after his Conan casting. Wanna bet he gets cast in Expendables 2 :D

    • he’s fit but not expendable ;) i say leave expendables 2 to the real action men :D

      • Idk, with this and Conan he could make a name for himself doing action movies.

  2. SO lame removing Jane. This was one of my most anticipated movies but Kang is just a terrible actor.

    • agree

      • I agree to, what a big mistake

  3. I am all about the movie, it has two actors I enjoy, Stallone and Momoa, and it would have been better with Jane in it as well.

  4. Stalone is so short Jason is 6’5″ tall be Like laurel and hardy but anythig with Jason Momoa will be a have to see

  5. Bring back Tom Jane.

  6. bring back thomas jane… for crying out loud! It was COBRA and THE PUNISHER team up… why did they add up fast and furious to the mix?

  7. “Has-been” Stallone should be really grateful for this casting choice, because the ONLY reason people are going to PAY to see his movie is just for Momoa alone!

    At 6’4″, Jason Momoa is going to make good ole’ 5’9″ Stallone look like a weeny!

  8. I think not using Thomas Jane as Stallone’s partner was a big mistake. I’m sure this movie will still be fun to watch because there is still 2 big action stars but it won’t be as good now.