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Fans of episodic TV football dramas, cinematic action icons turned politician, and badass Korean revenge films, should pay attention to this little tidbit. Zach Gilford, who played the quarterback on the recently wrapped up “Friday Night Lights”, is teamiing up with Arnold Schwarzenegger for Kim Ji-woon’s (“I Saw the Devil” , “A Bittersweet Life”) upcoming Hollywood debut, “Last Stand”.
Here’s a synopsis:
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.
Gilford is set to play an inexperienced small-town cop who works for Schwarzenegger’s grizzled sheriff character. I don’t know much about Gilford, but the combination of Schwarzenegger making a return to his action movie roots after his political hiatus, and Kim, who has made a handful of my all-time favorite films, is too good not to be excited about. Add to this the fact that “Last Stand” has been described as “Die Hard” meets “High Noon”, and I’m on board 100%, no hesitation.
“Last Stand” should hit theaters sometime in 2012.