Variety reports that Eduardo Noriega (Blackthorn) has joined the cast of Lionsgate action film The Last Stand, to be directed by Kim Jee-Woon and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Stormare, Rodrigo Santoro, Zach Gilford and Jaimie Alexander.
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 (Noriega) 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.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the film, written by Andrew Knauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and George Nolfi.
The studio has set a January 18, 2013 release date for The Last Stand. Filming starts on October 20 in New Mexico.