Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are working together again, but not in the way you might think. CBS put out a pilot order for a one-hour drama called The International with Lundgren set to star as Anders Soto, who is “part negotiator” and “part international spy”, according to The Wrap.
Soto is a covert black-ops specialist working for the U.N. called in to find asymmetrical solutions to the world’s most delicate and complex problems. Stallone is set to direct and executive produce for Balboa Productions with Braden Aftergood, Tony Krantz from Flame Ventures, and Craig Baumgarten. Lundgren will produce.
Stallone and Lundgren have a long history starting with Rocky IV (1985), one of the most quotable of the franchise. Both reprised their roles as Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago renewing their rivalry in Creed II (2018). Both are also featured in The Expendables franchise on the same side…mostly with Stallone as Barney Ross and Lundgren as Gunner Jensen.
Lundgren’s enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in his career on TV and film playing King Nereus in Aquaman (2018), a recurring role as Konstantin Kovar in season five of CW’s Arrow, and as Thundergun in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the season 14 episode “Thunder Gun 4: Maximum Cool”. Stallone’s coming off Rambo: Last Blood</em, the presumed last film of the Rambo franchise and a guest appearance on NBC’s This is Us playing himself.
It could be an interesting show considering Lundgren’s pushing 62 and has over 90 credits to his name. Maybe the series can take advantage of his Masters in chemical engineering. You can catch him in The Tracker and upcoming films Hard Night Falling, and Acceleration. You can also catch Stallone in Escape Plan: The Extractors.
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