Is ‘Rambo 5’ About To Bring Back Sylvester Stallone?

Rambo 5 could be in the works, and might see Sylvester Stallone reprise his role of John Rambo once again. This character has come a long way from starting a war over something to eat, but the question is really whether or not Stallone can still handle the action role at his age.

John Rambo got his start as a Vietnam veteran returning home and getting into a militant scuffle with the local authorities. Since then, he has been pulled into action several times to fight other countries’ armies by himself. His only real rival at the box office in those days was Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose tough guy roles made him a star.

Recently the two have made a comeback, though not quite as action-intensive. The Expendables put them both back into the spotlight alongside newcomers Jason Statham and Jet Li, and Schwarzenegger has had some other films in recent years.

Rambo 5 could be a strain on Sylvester Stallone, 67, and he knows it. Much like his last film Rocky Balboa, he might be using a Rambo sequel to give his other iconic role a proper retirement, though some might argue he’s already done that.

The rumors are flying about the final chapter to the Rambo series after The Expendables producer Avi Lerner and Nu Image released the following statement to the press (translated from German):

“With ‘Rambo V’ Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone, who has also written the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Like the last film, ‘Rambo V’ is produced by Avi Lerner (‘The Expendables 1-3’)”

Stallone may be back, but we probably shouldn’t expect too much action this time unless the story calls for him to train a team. If there is one thing we may have learned in the last few years, it’s that older actors can still pull off an action movie. Bruce Willis did well alongside John Malkovich in the RED films, the other collaborative effort that competed for the Expendables box office.

Rambo 5 may just be an action blockbuster to retire and possibly kill the character.

Could Sylvester Stallone's 'Rambo 5' see the death of John Rambo?
Could 'Rambo 5' see the death of John Rambo?

Previously opposed to the idea, Sylvester Stallone has turned his position around. He’s now excited about the idea of reprising the role one last time:

“I know there is [another story to tell]. It’s one thing where you lay down the final culmination of your life where you can articulate it, but also act on it where [Rambo] realizes what his destiny really is. It’s not to be a farmer, it’s not to be obscure; it’s to go out in a blaze of glory in a heroic fashion. But is he really doing it for himself or is he doing it because that’s just his id? That’s who he is.”

Rambo 5 could pit John Rambo against a Mexican cartel similar to The Expendables, and could see him killed in action. All we have are a couple of statements for now.

Would you be excited to see Sylvester Stallone play the role one last time?

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