Kim Ji-Woon’s Modern Western Last Stand Begins Filming Today

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Given our proclivities here for all things action and Asian cinema, it’s no wonder we’ve been keeping a pretty close eye on the progress of Korean director Kim Ji-Woon’s English-language debut, “Last Stand”. And as of today, the “modern western” is officially filming and will take place across New Mexico and Nevada.

Here’s a little bit from the press release:

Korean action-suspense master Kim Ji-Woon (“A Tale of Two Sisters”, “The Good, the Bad, the Weird) is directing the film, which is based on a spec script by Andrew Knauer that was subsequently rewritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Lionsgate has domestic and international distribution rights, with the film having pre-sold well in several overseas territories prior to its production. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the film through his di Bonaventura Pictures.

Schwarzenegger stars 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 the 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.

In addition Schwarzenegger’s return to the realm of action film, “Last Stand” stars Forrest Whitaker (“Ghost Dog”), Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”), Luiz Guzman (“Carlito’s Way”), Rodrigo Santoro (“Che”), Jaimie Alexander (“Thor”), Eduardo Noriega (“Open Your Eyes”), Harry Dean Stanton (“Repo Man”), and Johnny Knoxville (“Jackass”). All in all this is a pretty awesome cast.

Of these names, one definitely stands out to me: Knoxville. I like the guy, and have a strong affection for the “Jackass” movies, but one of these things is definitely not like the other. This is the man who pretended to be mentally handicapped in order to rig the Special Olympics in “The Ringer” after all, and in this cast of fairly serious actors, he seems like the odd man out (I know, I know, he played it pretty straight in “Standing Tall”). I was excited for “Last Stand” to begin with, but now I’m curious about the film in a whole different way.

Via : Coming Soon

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight