Girl kidnapped by sex-trafficking cartel? Rambo swings into action

Cinema still of John Rambo, starring Sylvester Stallone. The latest instalment in the franchise is slated to start filming in September.
Cinema still of John Rambo, starring Sylvester Stallone. The latest instalment in the franchise is slated to start filming in September.PHOTO: STAR MOVIES

CANNES (AFP) - Rambo is back on the warpath.

American film star Sylvester Stallone has revealed that his muscle-packed combat hero Rambo is getting ready to draw blood again in a fifth sequel next year.

Stallone - now 71 - posted a teaser poster on his Instagram account on Tuesday, showing a graffiti-style image of Hollywood's most famous Vietnam veteran kneeling with his signature knife and the words: "Rambo V. Fall 2019."

"Something wicked is coming this way," the actor commented in a caption, a decade after his character last strapped on his famous headband and fired a hail of bullets at ruthless rogue soldiers in conflict-torn Myanmar.

The film's producers, Millennium Media, are selling the international rights for Rambo V at the Cannes film festival, which opened on Tuesday.

The latest instalment in the franchise - launched with Bad Blood in 1982 - is slated to start filming in September in several locations including London, Bulgaria and the Canary Islands, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In the new movie, John Rambo has swopped blood-drenched jungles for quiet ranch living in Arizona as he struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

But when a friend's grand-daughter is kidnapped by a Mexican sex-trafficking cartel, Rambo cannot but jump back into action and join the hunt for the missing girl.

What ensues promises "a violent descent into hell", said Hollywood Reporter.