Sylvester Stallone is a certified action film legend. He’s one of the most recognizable actors in generations past and present. He’s starred in huge franchises such as Rambo, Rocky, and more recently, The Expendables. When he isn’t leading big box office franchises, he could be seen in stand-alone films like Demolition Man and Cobra. More recently, Stallone can be seen either in the Creed films, which expand on Rocky‘s legacy, or in the comic book hits Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Suicide Squad.
Indeed, superhero films are the sort of projects that Stallone was arguably made for. Of course, it wasn’t until the late 2000s that superhero movies became the box office juggernaut that are today. Better late than never, Stallone will star in the upcoming Samaritan, a new film about a retired superhero set to release in August 2022. The film had finished filming back in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented its release and forced it back two years. Now, fans will get to see one of their favorite icons finally don the superhero cape. Here is everything we know about Samaritan, Sylvester Stallone’s new movie.
What Will Samaritan Be About
From what is known so far, the film is based on the Mythos comic book series of the same name and will likewise follow the same storyline. Within the movie’s universe, we see a city 20 years after the supposed “fall” of its greatest protector, The Samaritan. It’s a grim look at what happens when the superhero vanishes. Crime has reclaimed the city, and its inhabitants live in fear. As a new threat begins to emerge, a young boy named Sam Cleary starts to search for the previously-believed deceased hero when he learns that he may still be alive and living amongst ordinary people. His search leads him to a disheveled old man going simply by the name Stanley Kominski. While most everyone believes this man to be an average sanitation worker, Sam sees hope in his dark world, and the wide-eyed boy isn’t willing to give up on him. Sam tries to rally the once cherished hero back onto the battlefield, but he may find out to his disappointment that The Samaritan’s crime-fighting days may be done for good.
The Cast & Everyone Else Involved
Not many actors have been announced for the cast of Samaritan so far. Sylvester Stallone will star as Stanley Kominski, the retired samaritan who has chosen to live his days since retirement as a trash collector as the city he once protected falls into ruin. Additionally, young boxing prodigy Javon “Wanna” Walton will star as Stanley’s prospective ward Sam Cleary, who tries to get him back into the fight against crime. Some notable names are also in the cast, such as Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Spider-Man: Homecoming), who has already been featured in a few superhero films. Moisés Arias (Hannah Montana) will also have a role, and Dascha Polanco, who notably played “Daya” in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and most recently played a supporting role in the hit musical film In The Heights. Pilou Asbæk, better known as Game of Thrones‘s Euron Greyjoy, may or may not play the film’s antagonist. Fans of the series already know he can play a crazy villain. Lastly, NFL star Jared Odrick will have a role, possibly in another villainous role, as he’s a beast of a man. More details will come to light as the film’s release nears.
Here’s What to Expect
Julius Avery is the director behind Samaritan. Moviegoers may remember his movie Overlord from the year 2018 about Nazi experiments, but he also wrote and directed the film Son of a Gun about two criminals planning a gold heist and then turn on each other. Both films included gritty and hard-hitting action, so Samaritan is right in the Australian director’s wheelhouse. It’s safe to say that it’ll be a bloody good time when the film releases in August. Stallone also has his hand in the pot in a role outside of being the leading actor. He also produced this film through his production company, Balboa Films, which launched back in 2018.
While there has yet to be a trailer released, one has been viewed at CinemaCon in August 2021. The action and carnage seen were compared to that of a John Wick film. Reporters from Screen Rant were in attendance and described what they saw. It started with Stallone working his sanitation job, picking up trash, and removing interesting items. There was then a montage that saw the city he once protected gradually worsening over time as Stallone turns a blind eye, describing his hero persona as having perished three decades prior in voice-over. The trailer then sees Stallone’s body contorting and rebuilding itself after being hit by a car, although he notes that it isn’t what it used to be due to his old age. This was followed by several shots of action and Sam asking why Samaritan disappeared, a question Stallone does not answer. Finally, the trailer ends with Stallone facing off in a warehouse, breaking out from a crushed car and fighting multiple enemies by himself while taking on gunfire without the protection of armor, meaning he is impervious to gunfire.
The film itself has been described as “bone-crunching.” Unlike other superhero films, fans may expect this one to be a different and stripped-down form of movie than they may be used to from the genre and other Stallone films, for that matter. If you’ve seen the set photos Stallone has posted to his Instagram, it’s clear that he is no longer in the killing machine shape he used to be in. From all appearances, he’s an older man taking more than he can handle and down for the count. Samaritan may, in a way, resemble Logan from 2017 as they both see a once-powerful hero having called it quits while on a journey to find hope once more.
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Samaritan: Everything We Know About Sylvester Stallone’s New Movie