Summit Entertainment has officially announced the start of principal photography on The Tomb, an action-thriller that pairs Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone together onscreen… for more than three minutes (a la The Expendables).

Read on for the official Tomb synopsis and information about the film’s supporting players – who are being portrayed by an eclectic group of character actors (and one character actress) – along with the lowdown on the roles being occupied by the aforementioned brawny duo.

Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, ‘The Tomb’ follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer,a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books.  The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin’s right-hand man and high-technology expert.  Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper…but it’s a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin’s business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide.  Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin’s closest confidants at B&C Security.  Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin’s plight.

The Tomb is being directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, who co-wrote and helmed the Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated Evil back in 2003; however, here in the States, Håfström is better known for making competent (if also conventional) genre flicks like Derailed, 1408 and The Rite. Also onboard for the project are several people who previously collaborated with Stallone on The Expendables – including costume designer Lizz Wolf, sound mixer Richard Schexnayder and stunt coordinator Noon Orsatti.

That’s all to say: Sly’s trip down memory lane with his current slate of testosterone-fueled throwback action flicks, started off a bit rough with the first Expendables. It should be smoother sailing hereon out (fingers crossed), since Stallone has entrusted other folks to handle the steering wheel – and direct films like this summer’s Expendables 2, next year’s Bullet to the Head, and now The Tomb.

We will let you know when The Tomb secures an official U.S. theatrical release date.

Source: Summit Entertainment