Sometimes you can get a good idea on how a movie is going to feel just by knowing the cast involved. Sylvester Stallone was the only one attached to the interesting sounding ‘Samaritan,’ but now Deadline has reported on more of the cast. ‘Euphoria’ actor and boxing prodigy Javon “Wanna” Walton will play the lead, alongside Stallone. Martin Starr (‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’) will also have a role.
‘Overlord’ director Julius Avery is helming the film, and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Pilou Asbæk will be reuniting with him for this film.
Dascha Polanco (‘Orange Is The New Black,’ ‘When They See Us’) and Moises Arias (‘Hannah Montana,’ ‘Five Feet Apart’) have unrevealed roles as well.
The script is from ‘Escape Room’ writer Bragi F. Schut, who came up with the idea for the film. Additional writing was done by ‘The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith, ‘Ready Player One’s Zak Penn, and ‘City on a Hill’s Chuck MacLean.
Below is a synopsis of the superhero thriller:
“The story is set 20 years after an epic battle left a city’s supervillain dead and its superhero (Stallone) missing. On the rough side of town, a young boy (Walton) befriends the old man across the alleyway and as their relationship develops, the boy comes to believe the man is the hero in hiding. The truth, however, proves to be more shocking than the boy could have ever imagined.”
The superhero genre is more like a casing for other genres to fit inside of. There are vast story telling options within the realm of “superhero.” Some of the more interesting ones are from smaller sources outside of DC and Marvel. This seems like one of those instances, and if executed correctly could really be something special.
Filming will take place in the coming week, and wrap this April, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The MGM film is slated for a December 11th release, making it an early Christmas-time option in a year that has no ‘Star Wars’ release for the first time since 2014.
Jacob Tyler contributed to this article.