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UPDATE! Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed for Jee-woon Kim's English-language debut The Last Stand

Jul. 13, 2011by: George Merchan
UPDATE: Apparently, THE LAST STAND is not a "western" of any sort. Deadline is now retracting that portion of their initial report, saying that a studio exec is now calling it "more of a Fast And Furious at the border with high speed car chases, drug cartels and the like."

Lionsgate also issued a press release that includes an official synopsis for the film:

Schwarzenegger will be starring as Sheriff Owens, a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he 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 accepts responsibility for one of the most daring face offs in cinema history.


July 12, 2011: Despite the recent scandal woes Arnold Schwarzenegger and his public image have been tangling with these past months, the iconic action star is making good on his word to finally return to the silver screen.

As had been previously rumored, it looks like Schwarzenegger will indeed be teaming with South Korean filmmaker Jee-woon Kim (I SAW THE DEVIL, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD) for the director's English-language debut THE LAST STAND.

The western is reminiscent of genre classic HIGH NOON as the story follows "the exploits of a drug cartel leader who blasts his way out of a courtroom, steals a car, and heads towards the Mexican border." Arnie will play "a sheriff with an inexperienced staff who becomes involved with trying to stop the cartel leader from entering Mexico after the two parties inadvertently cross paths."

Jee-woon Kim is a fantastic director (I SAW THE DEVIL is on Netflix Instant now and should be seen) and it's heartening to see Schwarzenegger make a more leftfield film decision. It's also perhaps a smarter career move than going the TERMINATOR route again. A film like that in this day and age would have to be made for a ton of money, and Schwarzenegger is likely seen as much less of a sure-thing in terms of box office, particularly right now (he's reportedly making nowhere near as much for Kim's film as he would've for his other project CRY MACHO).

THE LAST STAND is said to be starting production in September.
Extra Tidbit: Liam Neeson was originally attached to star in THE LAST STAND before dropping out due to scheduling.
Source: Deadline

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6:14AM on 07/12/2011
So Arnie gets to penetrate Mexicans again - this time with bullets.
So Arnie gets to penetrate Mexicans again - this time with bullets.
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6:15PM on 07/13/2011
Hey! That's similar to the way you enjoy being penetrated - this time with penis!
Hey! That's similar to the way you enjoy being penetrated - this time with penis!
7:20AM on 07/12/2011

cool

"The Good the Bad and the Weird" is one of my favorite westerns ever, second only to the original. Can't wait to see his american movie, no matter whose in it.
"The Good the Bad and the Weird" is one of my favorite westerns ever, second only to the original. Can't wait to see his american movie, no matter whose in it.
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8:47AM on 07/12/2011
Should be a fun return for Arnold.
Should be a fun return for Arnold.
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11:33AM on 07/12/2011
Now this is a film I can get behind!
Now this is a film I can get behind!
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12:26PM on 07/12/2011

arnie and people getting the shit kicked out em? sounds good to me!

i'm in!
i'm in!
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2:28PM on 07/12/2011

The only Arnie headline I wanna see:

"Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Grant Heslov and Eliza Dushku confirmed for James Cameron's 'True Lies 2.'"
"Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Grant Heslov and Eliza Dushku confirmed for James Cameron's 'True Lies 2.'"
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5:00PM on 07/12/2011
I'm Captain America. This is fantastic.
I'm Captain America. This is fantastic.
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5:44PM on 07/12/2011

Good choice

Good choice for Arnold. This is a more Eastwood-esque role that fits his age.
Good choice for Arnold. This is a more Eastwood-esque role that fits his age.
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9:07PM on 07/12/2011

Pumped for this...!

Awesome news...just can't wait to see him back on the big screen.
Awesome news...just can't wait to see him back on the big screen.
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1:16AM on 07/13/2011
Jee-woon Kim is an amazing director. His action sequences are fun, intense, clever, original, pretty much perfect. I can't wait for this.
Jee-woon Kim is an amazing director. His action sequences are fun, intense, clever, original, pretty much perfect. I can't wait for this.
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4:02AM on 07/13/2011

Sounds a bit like

Copland with .... drug runners and fast cars. Sounds promising. But yeah, c'mon, don't forget True Lies 2 or T5.
Copland with .... drug runners and fast cars. Sounds promising. But yeah, c'mon, don't forget True Lies 2 or T5.
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5:00AM on 07/13/2011
Sounds like A Man Apart. Terribly underrated film.
Sounds like A Man Apart. Terribly underrated film.
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5:06AM on 07/13/2011
Green.
Green.
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9:59AM on 07/13/2011

Excellent...

Counting the minutes...
Counting the minutes...
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4:14PM on 07/13/2011
Looking forward to Arnold's return to the big screen.
Looking forward to Arnold's return to the big screen.
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4:16PM on 07/13/2011
He's back!
He's back!
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5:43PM on 07/13/2011

I want this to happen!

SOOOO BADLY!! Here's to hoping nothing happens to screw this production up (my ass is already in the seat for this film)
SOOOO BADLY!! Here's to hoping nothing happens to screw this production up (my ass is already in the seat for this film)
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6:27PM on 07/13/2011
I.Can't.Wait.
I.Can't.Wait.
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12:24AM on 07/14/2011
Yea I never thought it was a western. I saw on tv that they were calling it a western, but if you read the synopsis it says LAPD and FBI. Those branches didn't exist in the old west.
Yea I never thought it was a western. I saw on tv that they were calling it a western, but if you read the synopsis it says LAPD and FBI. Those branches didn't exist in the old west.
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12:26AM on 07/14/2011
not to mention that it says: 200 mph in a specially outfitted car.
not to mention that it says: 200 mph in a specially outfitted car.
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