The action movie veterans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are set to collaborate again. They have been confirmed to star in Mikael Hafstrom’s The Tomb.
Back in the 80s they competed for the world’s greatest action star crown, Stallone being most famous for the Rocky and Rambo franchises, while Arnie was brutal in The Terminator and tough in Conan.
The world has moved on since then though. The muscled action stars have been replaced with leaner heroes aka Aaron Johnson in Kick-Ass. So what do they do to counter it? They team up of course!
Sly has been confirmed as Ray Breslin in The Tomb for a while, but now Arnie will join him, making this their second collaboration after Sly hired Arnie to star in The Expendables 2.
The story follows Ray Breslin (Stallone) who designs high tech security prisons that are impregnable. However when he is framed and thrown into a prison designed by himself, he must fight through his own systems to clear his name and convict the bad guy.
It sounds quite cool actually, and completely within both their comfort zones. Arnold will appear as Church, an inmate who “fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour.” So basically he’s the staple wise man, who’ll probably die heroically, if the script follows tradition.
Producer Mark Canton had this to say:
“I am thrilled to be making The Tomb with these two film icons … We have been working long and hard to bring them together for this dynamic project.”
Schwarzenegger cheekily announced the news by posting a picture of himself and Sly in twin hospital beds as they wait to get ‘surgery’.
“After all the stunts and abuse of The Expendables 2, it was time for a little tune-up,” Arnold wrote. “Now we are ready for another round of great times and action!”
The Tomb begins shooting in the spring. The Expendables 2 is out on the 17th August 2012.