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Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood trailer is obviously set to ‘Old Town Road’

A perfect way to unite Gen X and Gen Z

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

The first trailer for the newest — and likely final — Rambo movie is here, and in addition to Sylvester Stallone shooting, bow-and-arrowing, knifing, and blowing things up, it also features a slowed-down, “trailercore” version of the genre-breaking song “Old Town Road.”

That’s right: “Old Town Road,” which rose to prominence on lip-sync app TikTok and disrupted the established notions of country music all in less than six months, is now being used to soundtrack an aging action star taking on one last mission.

The trailer opens on a beaten, desert landscape, one that fits right in line with “Old Town Road.” The original Rambo movie, First Blood, hit theaters in 1982 and confronted post-war PTSD, The series evolved into a Gen X action franchise people know today. “Old Town Road” with its video game and Soundcloud origins, meme status, and virality, is an anthem of Gen Z. Combined, we get ... Rambo: Last Blood.

Rambo: Last Blood is the fifth Rambo film, in which Stallone’s iconic character travels to Mexico to save a friend’s daughter from a drug cartel. The film has gestated since 2008 and gone through many iterations and names. (At one point, Rambo was going to fight a wolfman super soldier!) The final plot hews a little closer to the John Rambo stories people know: full of vengeance, murky politics, and plenty of bloodshed to get the job done. Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ ...

The movie comes out on Sept. 20. Meanwhile, “Old Town Road” already has its own movie.

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