Casting Bits: Rodrigo Santoro in Last Stand, More for Resident Evil 5, and Susan Sarandon in Snitch

Rodrigo Santoro in There be Dragons (2011) Movie Image

Three bits of casting news today…

The first has former “300” bad guy Rodrigo Santoro, Xerxes himself, in negotiations to join the cast of Kim Jee-woon’s modern Western flick “Last Stand”.

The film will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first major comeback role as a Texas border sheriff who must keep an escaped drug cartel chieftan from escaping into Mexico. Schwarzenegger’s character is the only experienced law-enforcement cop in town, with his entire staff consisting of noobs, including Rodriguez’s Frank Martinez.

“Last Stand” is expected to start shooting soon, and will mark South Korean director Kim’s Hollywood debut. Kim is the director of International hits “A Bittersweet Life” and “I Saw the Devil”, so yeah, he knows what he’s doing. It remains to be seen if he can direct Western actors in a very Western setting, though.

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Johann UrbMeanwhile, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Resident Evil: Retribution” (the fifth in the franchise) continues to pile on the casting, both old and new.

We already know that series star Milla Jovovich is back as zombie fighter Alice, and she’ll be joined by fellow returnees from previous installments, including Michelle Rodriguez, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Sienna Guillory, and Oded Fehr.

New castmembers will now include Johann Urb (right) and Kevin Durand, with Urb playing “the leader of the Resistance, who teams with Jovovich’s Alice character as she battles the Umbrella Corporation and the swarm of undead.”

I wonder if that “leader of the Resistance” also happens to be name Leon S. Kennedy?

Paul W.S. Anderson will write the script and direct.

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Over at Rockland, Dwayne Johnson’s urban crime thriller “Snitch” has landed Susan Sarandon as “an ambitious U.S. attorney who believes that a drug bust can help her political career.”

To make sure that happens, Sarandon’s character will use The Rock to go undercover in order to bust a major drug trafficker. Rock’s character, a suburban dad, is forced into the dangerous work after his teenage son is sentenced to 30 years in prison for a drug offense. Hey, a dad’s gotta do what a dad’s gotta do.

Ric Roman Waugh will write and direct the film, which is based on a Frontline documentary.

Susan Sarandon