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'Rambo' being rebooted without Sylvester Stallone

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'Rambo' being rebooted without Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone in 2008's "Rambo." (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate)
Sylvester Stallone in 2008's "Rambo." (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate)

Rambo is coming back to defend freedom once again.

But he may look a bit different.

After four films starring Sylvester Stallone as the greased-up, muscle-bound  patriotic warrior named John Rambo, Millennium Films has announced that it's rebooting the action franchise with a new star in place of Stallone.

The film will be called, appropriately, “Rambo: New Blood,” as confirmed by Millennium Films publicist Elizabeth Wolfe.

Ariel Vromen (“Criminal,” “The Ice Man”) will direct from a script by Brooks McLaren. The cast, including the titular hero, has yet to be revealed. The film’s plot is likewise a question mark at this point.

Stallone first appeared as the traumatized Vietnam vet in 1981’s hit “First Blood,” based on a 1972 novel by David Morrell. The stoic icon returned in two increasingly over-the-top sequels – “Rambo: First Blood – Part II” in 1985 and “Rambo III” in 1988, as well as in an animated 1986 TV series, several comic books and multiple toy lines.

After the franchise went dark for two decades, Stallone directed and starred in a fourth film, simply titled “Rambo,” in 2008, which was a Nu Image/Millennium Films production.

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