Sylvester Stallone is best known for his “Rocky” franchise and playing pugilist/perpetual underdog Rocky Balboa. Beyond that, he’s also been returning time and time again to play John Rambo in his “Rambo” series. What began with “First Blood” in 1982 is still going strong. To that end, the next and presumably final sequel now has a release date.
Variety is reporting that “Rambo: Last Blood” has set up shop to come out this year on September 20. That will mark 37 years after “First Blood” hit theaters. Stallone will again star as the title character, while also co-writing the script with Matthew Cirulnick. He’s ceded directorial duties to Adrian Goldberg this time around, however. As you might imagine, Rambo will again be on a one-man mission against impossible odds.
This is what the plot is, according to the article:
The story centers on Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo crossing into Mexico and taking on a violent cartel when the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped. “Rambo: Last Blood” also stars Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Yvette Monreal. Adrian Goldberg is directing from a screenplay by Stallone and Matthew Cirulnick. Stallone, who was 36 when the first film premiered, will be 73 at “Last Blood’s” release.
Stallone has played this character for half of his life. Depending on how this turns out, he could be saying farewell to the role in a moving way. Whenever he’s been potentially bringing an end to Rocky, he’s found solid emotional beats to hit. If that’s the case here, it could be a compelling mix of action and nostalgia.
Stallone received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” playing Rocky Balboa, another beloved character from the actor’s career. He reprised his role last year in “Creed II,” receiving high praise from critics.
Stallone has three other future projects according to his IMDB page: the fourth installment of “The Expendables,” reprising his role as Barney Ross, the Gregory Scarpa biopic titled “Scarpa” from Brad Furman, and his next directorial effort “Tough as They Come,” based on the best-selling book by Travis Mill. Stallone will also star.