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Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman, Forest Whitaker, Harry Dean Stanton… These are the men that will be making a last stand with (and I imagine in some cases against) Arnold Schwarzenegger in his upcoming comeback film, The Last Stand, director Kim Jee-Woon’s American debut.

First, in case you’re not up on the project, the synopsis for the film:

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.

Since filming has started, I’m sure we’ll have more casting news announced soon. Rodrigo Santoro –known as Xerxes and of course Paolo, one of the 2 most hated characters on LOST– has also joined the cast that already includes Peter Stormare as well as Eduardo Noriega as the main villain.

I’ve been a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger since I was about 5 years old, and even with his personal troubles that have come to light earlier this year I remain a fan of his work. I really hope this is a solid comeback for him, and it already has one good thing going for it: it’s costing only $30 Million dollars. Fun fact: that’s exactly what he got for playing the Terminator in Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines. I think that Arnold finally scaling back and not commanding a fortune means he’s following Sly Stallone and finding a little humility.

These new cast announcements have me very excited, since it’s a cast pretty much filled with character actors so far. They’re not skimping out and just getting direct-to-video stars or guys making their first film outside of a Charles Band or Asylum production. This means the film’s going to have quality going for it, and we can expect to see Arnold back in the saddle and bringing the carnage when the film opens next year. I’m also hoping that Luis Guzman and Harry Dean Stanton play Arnold’s deputies. Please let that happen Lionsgate.

Now I’ll just wait for them to cast Noel Gugliemi as one of the thugs.

(via Collider)