August 20, 2012 by Paul Curtin
With the Expendables 2 successfully kicking off Arnold Schwarzenegger’s post-gubernatorial comeback by taking the top spot at the box office over the weekend, we now have the first official trailer for Arnie’s next action hero film where he’ll finally be back as the film’s lead role in The Last Stand.
South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil and The Good, the Bad, the Weird) is making his English-language debut directing Schwarzenegger as a washed up small-town sheriff who ends up getting involved with preventing a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.
The Last Stand hits theaters on January 18th, 2013, and also stars Forest Whitaker, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, and Genesis Rodriguez. Check out the official description and trailer below:
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.
With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive 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 rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.