Schwarzenegger & Stallone Start Production on ‘The Tomb’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:34 am,

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

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  1. I personally liked The Expendables. It was meant to be an 80′s action romp with little plot and drama. I’m even more pumped for The Expendables 2 with more screen time for Ahnold and Bruce Willis and the introduction of Van Damme, Hemsworth, and, of course, CHUCK NORRIS, the guy who built the hospital he was born in!

  2. when is he going to learn that eighties are dead? no one wants to see walking corpses full of botoks and steroids, it’s time for some fresh blood!

    • Sorry, but the success of The Expendables has proven you wrong. You can always see your bare-chested. long-haired, teen heartthrobs in other movies, though, if that is what you like…

      • Expendables vs. Twilight, the 5-minute movie. :-)

      • some people want to see movie that has some supstance, not only explosions and shiny colours like some other people.

        • True, but sometimes it’s fun to cut loose with mindless violence and explosions. Not every movie has to have some deeper meaning.

          • that’s totaly true but there are good explosion violence movies like: comendo, predator,rambo… and there are bad ones like expendebles…

            • *comando. ok that maybe aren’t bes examples but you know what i mean

              • *commando

  3. This sounds really good. i hope they bring some of the older action stars into this too, i love seeing Arnold,Stallone,Norrisd,and vandam together in films.

  4. Is it just me or does Stallone’s make-up (and probably hair coloring) make him look a bit unnatural and creepy?

    • I know,looks like he is going to audition for black swan.

    • Looks like garish theatre makeup from the 20s.

  5. Itcameftompl…. Some of like 80′s films pal as well as 80′s music and I’m 39 yrs old. If you don’t like Stallone then don’t see it. The 1st expendables made too much $$ that’s why sequel was green lit. These movies are just action packed for guys. No love story. If your looking for that go rent the notebook. everyone liked the expendables.

    • that’s what i am talking about…

    • ^This.

  6. I have watched almost evry movie of Arnie but then I was always (and still am) a die-hard fan of Arnie but always apprehensive about Sly and in fact the only movie I have ever watched of Sly before ‘The Expendables (2010)’ was ‘Rocky (1976)’ and I have to admit that The Expendables rocks full-on !! And considering Sly directed it, I am full of appreciation for him. And so I can’t really, really wait for The Expendables-2! And so for those who talk about the righteousness of watching ‘meaningful’ movies on this page, I would like to say, sometimes a movie about full-on harmless violence like those of Arnie/Sly are great for escapism and comparing these hunky studs with the other heavyweights of a different kind like Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks is a little…absurd, I should say. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Both have their own entertainment values.