Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville Among the Friendly Faces Joining Schwarzenegger in ‘Last Stand’

Jee-Woon Kim’s Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring story about a western sheriff running afoul of a Mexican drug cartel leader seems to be getting closer to shooting, because a bunch of names have been added to the cast list. We already found out that Friday Night Lights star Zach Gilford would be joining the cast as Schwarzenegger’s young deputy, but now a whole host of pretty diverse, kind of interesting actors have been added to support that duo.

The biggest of the new names on the Lionsgate cast list are probably Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville; one man who is famous for acting in a bunch of movies over the last three decades and another for getting hit in his balls a lot. Okay, that’s not fair, Knoxville has been fine in the few films I’ve seen him in, and I’m sure he’ll be fine with whatever they give him here. And Whitaker is always at least interesting to watch, even when he goes super hammy. But that’s a weird couple of actors to pair with Schwarzenegger if you ask me. I’d probably feel more comfortable with the choices if I knew what kind of characters they were playing.

Whitaker and Knoxville aren’t the only new names though, a handful of less famous but still notable actors have been added as well. Let’s run through them: there’s Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Harry Dean Stanton, and Eduardo Noriega. Jaimie Alexander I’ve only seen in her small role in Thor, but she was playing a female warrior there, so I imagine she’s been added to this film to play some sort of tough but sexy cop. Luis Guzman and Harry Dean Stanton are just awesome character actors, so it doesn’t really matter who they’ll be playing, because they both have well established personae to bring to the table. And Eduardo Noriega, well he’s handsome and Latin, so I’d say there’s a good chance he’s probably playing the cartel leader that serves as the story’s antagonist. These are all just my musings though, so feel free to ignore my film nerd attempt at fantasy baseball. [THR]