Sylvester Stallone isn’t done with Rambo just yet. Sly’s returning to the franchise for the fifth time since the flick debuted back in 1982 (yes, that’s a 37-year gap). The newest addition to the franchise is, you guessed it: Rambo 5.
Just like Rocky Balboa—who he’ll play again in Creed II in November 2018—Stallone made Rambo into a cultural icon over the years (it’s even getting a Bollywood remake) with First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), and Rambo (2008). As an elite U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, Stallone’s Rambo is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, has top-notch survival skills, and is an all-around badass.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Rambo sequel.
1. Rambo Will Take on a Drug Cartel
In the new film, Rambo will be up against a tough opponent. Here’s the official plot:
“[W]hen the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped, Rambo, who has been working on a ranch, crosses the U.S.-Mexican border and quickly finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels,” according to Deadline.
2. Shooting Will Start in September
The Rambo 5 shoot will pick up this fall, according to Screen Daily. Stallone and crew will shoot in various spots around the world, including in London, Bulgaria, and the Canary Islands.
3. ‘Rambo 5’ Will Be Out in 2019
While an exact release date is not yet set, Stallone confirmed the film will be out in 2019 with a post on his Instagram page. Below the stenciled photo of Rambo in the post, the release line reads “Fall 2019.” With shooting starting in September 2018, the fall 2019 release date makes sense.
4. Stallone Worked on the Script—but He (Probably) Won’t Direct
When Deadline reported that Rambo 5 was officially being put into production, the site added that Stallone was “working” on the script. He wrote and directed the fourth Rambo film in 2008 and has plenty of experience putting together a screenplay. While the actor’s been behind the camera for Rambo before, Deadline reported that “doesn’t seem to be the case” with this latest installment.
5. Stallone’s Already Getting ‘Rambo’-Level Strong
Although it’s hard to beat the bulk-up he did for Rambo III back in the day, the 71-year-old actor is still looking absolutely shredded. Stallone’s been keeping his body in top shape for Creed II, so he’s already ahead of schedule when it comes to looking the part, and working with trainer Gunnar Peterson to prep.
6. ‘Rambo 5’ Will Film Part of Shoot in Bulgaria
Stallone will be returning somewhere familiar for the filming of Rambo 5. The production will be shooting for part of the film in Bulgaria, according to Omega Underground. The film will be “shooting at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria. The same facility used for Expendables 2 and Expendables 3,” per the report.
Shooting Is Likely Happening in the Fall
Stallone is getting pumped up to play Rambo again, because shooting is expected to start in the fall. Stallone wrote about his excitement on his Instagram.