Sylvester Stallone Steps Back from Action for 'Reach Me' Indie Drama

November 14, 2012
Source: Variety

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has had a pretty impressive comeback in recent years. The Rocky and Rambo star was once one of the biggest actors in the world, but despite his box office successes through the 80s and 90s, he was relegated to straight-to-DVD work like Eye See You, Shade, and Avenging Angelo for much of the 2000s. After resurrecting his iconic characters and getting the gang back together for The Expendables, Stallone seems to have a second chance at being a megastar again, but that doesn't mean he'll only be doing blockbusters. Variety reports that Sly has joined Reach Me, an indie drama for director John Herzfeld.

The film tells the story of a collection of people who have a connection with a self-help book written by a secretive and reclusive former football coach and stars rapper-turned-actor Nelly, Elizabeth Henstridge (who has just been cast in Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV show for ABC), Danny Aiello, Omari Hardwick, and Rebekah Chaney. Stallone just finished filming a few days on the movie, but Variety isn't sure which role he played. The reclusive coach, perhaps? We'll have to wait and see.

Herzfeld, who actually starred alongside Stallone in the 1986 action film Cobra, has directed films like 2 Days in the Valley and 15 Minutes, and he wrote and is directing Reach Me. It'll be interesting to see Stallone break out his dramatic chops again outside of the action genre, since the last time he did that with any real success was 1997's Cop Land, which wasn't particularly well received upon release but has earned its supporters in the ensuing years. Thoughts?

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expendables made stallone a megastar again?......that's a huge leap, ben. those movies were popular with fans because of the ensemble cast - NOT stallone on his own. as far as this movie - i like the sound of it a lot.

beevis on Nov 14, 2012


I think he meant Expendables combined with putting out a new Rocky and Rambo, successfully.

grimjob on Nov 14, 2012


ok - but my opinion still stands - those aren't great movies at all. honestly - stallone has always been a guy who made a lot of movies....but, i never thought of him of a "megastar". when using that label, i think of tom hanks or clint eastwood, johnny depp......NOT stallone. just my opinion

beevis on Nov 14, 2012


Fair enough. I could see him as a "megastar" in the 80s and maybe early 90s. Personally, I love him. The Rocky and Rambo franchises are among my favorites, and I had a damn good time with both Expendables movies. However, his upcoming Bullet to the Head doesn't really interest me at all.

grimjob on Nov 14, 2012


Danny Aiello, nice. This sounds promising.

grimjob on Nov 14, 2012


For me personally COPLAND WAS ONE OF HIS GREATEST MOVIES. I have seen it ten times and will be watching it ten more. Can't wait for this.

Sal on Nov 14, 2012


Yep, I've said it a few times on here, that Copland was his best movie, but I think most people prefer him when he's got his full 'roid' on.

Carpola on Nov 15, 2012

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