We’ve got a couple of new release dates for you today. First up, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen following his sabbatical as Governator The Last Stand has been slated for a January 18th, 2013 release (per Box Office Mojo). Directed by Kim Jee-Woon’s (I Saw the Devil), the western centers on a disgraced LAPD cop who is now the sheriff of a sleepy border town. When a drug kingpin is headed for Mexico with a hostage and entourage in tow, the sheriff is the only thing that stands between him and freedom across the border.
Additionally, Alexander Payne’s first directorial project since 2004’s Sideways, the drama The Descendants, is set to open in limited release on November 23rd, one full month before its previous release date. The film stars George Clooney as a wealthy landowner in Hawaii whose wife suffers a serious boating accident, leaving him to take care of their two daughters on his own. The film opens against Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, The Muppets, and Piranha 3D, but the November release sets it up nicely for an awards season run. Hit the jump to read the full synopsis for The Last Stand.
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.