"Rambo" is preparing to return from retirement in Thailand early next year, and Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington will also come here next month to play a drug lord in the upcoming film American Gangster, a Thai film official said Thursday.
Sylvester Stallone will spend several weeks in Thailand early next year, shooting Rambo IV: In The Serpent's Eye in the country's lush, mountainous northern provinces, said Wanasiri Morakul, director of the Thailand Film Office.
In the latest sequel, John Rambo is pulled out of retirement in Bangkok to help find missionary aid workers who disappear as they're delivering supplies to ethnic minorities in neighboring Myanmar.
About 70 to 80 percent of the movie will be shot in Thailand in Bangkok and the northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai earning Thailand more than 200 million baht (US$5 million, euro4 million), Wanasiri told The Associated Press by telephone.
Washington will come to Thailand Nov. 8-13 to play Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster, about drugs smuggled to New York in the 1970s inside the coffins of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
Only about 5 percent of the movie will be shot in Thailand in the capital Bangkok and in the mountainous north employing about 250 Thais and bringing the country at least 60 million baht (US$1.6 million, euro1.3 million), Wanasiri said.
Rambo was released January 25th, 2008 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Reynaldo Gallegos, Jake La Botz, Tim Kang, Maung Maung Khin. The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone.
American Gangster was released November 2nd, 2007 and stars Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.