The legendary Sylvester Stallone will soon return in Samaritan, only on Amazon Prime. Samaritan is described as a sort of action/thriller/super hero mashup, and will begin streaming on Amazon in August.
Like many recent films, this one’s planned release date was pushed back multiple times due to production delays caused by the pandemic. Initially, a release date of November, 2020 was expected, then pushed to December, then to June of 2021. When shut-downs seemed to be extended indefinitely, news of the film tapered off until recently.
Samaritan has an interesting history; the screenplay was written by Bragi F. Schut, then adapted as a graphic novel series for Mythos Comics. The dark storyline involves a 13-year-old boy named Sam (played by Javon “Wanna” Walton).
Young Sam begins to suspect that his quiet neighbor Mr. Smith (Stallone) is more than he seems. In fact, Sam thinks Smith is a former super hero known as Samaritan, who is believed by most to be dead after a fiery fight with his enemy Nemesis. Without Samaritan, the city is brimming over with crime, and Sam decides it’s up to him to convince “Mr. Smith” to figuratively put back on his super hero cloak and rescue the city from utter chaos and destruction.
Who else stars in Samaritan?
We all know almost everything there is to know about Sylvester Stallone, but Javon Walton is pretty interesting himself. At 15, Walton is a boxing prodigy, provided the voice for Pugsley in The Addams Family 2, appeared in HBO’s Euphoria as Ashtray, and played Stan in The Umbrella Academy.
Also appearing in the film are Pilou Asbaek (Euron Grayjoy in Game of Thrones), Moises Arias and Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black).
If you are still not sold on the film, consider this: Julius Avery directed, and genre fans will likely remember him as the director of 2018’s super gory action/horror flick Overlord. Prior to that, he wrote and directed crime thriller Son of a Gun.
Samaritan will begin streaming on Prime Video August 26 of this year.
Do you plan to see Samaritan when it streams on Amazon Prime? Tell us why or why not in the comments section.