Samaritan Trailer Introduces Sylvester Stallone as an Aged Superhero

Action movie superstar and Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone becomes a superhero in the first trailer for Samaritan. Released courtesy of the official Prime Video YouTube channel, the footage introduces Stallone as an aged, thought-dead superhero of old, who is tracked down by a young boy left wondering why the hero known as Samaritan walked away from his great power and his great responsibility. You can check out the first trailer for Samaritan below.

Directed by Overlord’s Julius Avery and produced by Sylvester Stallone and Braden Aftergood from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut, Samaritan follows Javon Walton as Sam Cleary, a young boy who goes in search of a mythic superhero who was thought to have died following an epic battle with his archenemy years ago. Discovering that the hero has been living under the radar as a garbage man named Joe Smith, Sam attempts to persuade him to return to the fray and save the world. All the while, a notorious gang has Joe in their sights…

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The first footage from Samaritan is a delight for fans of Stallone, with the still-burly 76-year-old action star making the perfect aged superhero. Stallone runs through walls, plows through bad guys, all the while just wanting to live a quiet, humble life. While not shown fully in this family-friendly trailer, there are undoubtable hints of brutal violence peppered throughout the footage. Make no mistake, Spider-Man Samaritan ain’t.

Written by Bragi F. Schut, Samaritan has been described as a dark, new take on superhero movies and stars Sylvester Stallone as Joe Smith AKA Samaritan alongside Euphoria and The Umbrella Academy star Javon Walton as Sam Cleary. The supporting cast includes the likes of Martin Starr (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Moisés Arias (The King of Staten Island), Dascha Polanco (In the Heights), Natacha Karam (The Old Guard), as well as Jared Odrick, Michael Aaron Milligan, Deacon Randle, and Game of Thrones actor Pilou Asbæk as gang leader, Cyrus.

Samaritan is the Perfect Superhero Vehicle for Sylvester Stallone

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While Stallone has been a part of the superhero-slash-comic book movie genre before with the likes of Judge Dredd, The Suicide Squad, and a cameo role in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Samaritan seems to be tailor-made for the action legend. In fact, director Julius Avery has explained why Samaritan is the perfect vehicle for Stallone and his action hero ways.

“We didn’t really have superheroes. We only had action heroes. And Sly was the closest thing we had to a superhero. So to put him in a superhero movie?” the filmmaker explained. “That feels fresh and cool and something that people will get a kick out of. This is a big event movie – we see our heroes kicking ass. We’re going to see Sly do things he hasn’t done in a long time, and in a really inventive way. He’s 73 years old! I’m amazed by how much he actually does. I’m telling you, most guys in their twenties wouldn’t be able to do what Sly does in this movie.”

Samaritan is scheduled to be released on August 26, 2022, by United Artists Releasing and Amazon Studios via streaming on Prime Video.