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Arlen Escarpeta Joins Final Destination 5

By August 15, 2010

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Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th, American Gun) showed up at the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' Lottery Ticket with some big news on his latest project. Escarpeta will be one of the stars of New Line Cinema's Final Destination 5 (otherwise known as 5nal Destination - a title I hope they don't use). Casting news is just starting to leak out, with Escarpeta joining Pinkberry's Miles Fisher in the horror thriller which will be shot in 3-D - not converted.

"I'm one of many, many talented actors that'll be part of the movie," said Escarpeta when asked if he's the star of the new Final Destination during our exclusive interview on the Lottery Ticket red carpet. "I take this all very graciously. I appreciate the job that I have and at any given time, someone else could step in and do the same thing, so yeah."

So, what sets this Final Destination apart from its predecessors? "I think what they're going to do really, really well this time around, they're going to go back - the story, the plot, a lot of stuff is really going to matter," explained Escarpeta. "I think the last movie it was just death. It was death, death, death, which is fine because that's what people want to see. But this time we're going to give them a little bit of everything - good story, great director - it's going to be good."

It's pretty much a given that almost everyone involved in a Final Destination film will die, but Escarpeta wouldn't say when - or if - he's going to suffer a horrible death. "We get the job and if they tell me I die in the second page, then I die on the second page. But I'm going to Vancouver, which I've never been. I'm going to have a great time. I'm going to shoot with some people I've never worked with before. It's going to be good. I know some of the executives from the movie so there will be a little bit of family there. I'm going to have a good time."

Escarpeta's no stranger to New Line horror movies having starred in the latest film of the Friday the 13th franchise. "Friday the 13th was a very different horror movie. They're both franchises, right. Friday the 13th is iconic. Everybody knows it and it's been around forever. Final Destination's kind of like the new age, you know, of horror movies for the generations that, like my little cousins who are in junior high school. They know Final Destination because that's what they go and see."

James Cameron protege Steven Quale is directing Final Destination 5 from a script by Eric Heisserer (2010's A Nightmare on Elm Street). Warner Bros has set a release date of August 26, 2011.

(Photo © Richard Chavez)

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