Sylvester Stallone Descends into 'The Tomb'

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Sylvester Stallone is headed back to the big house.

The "Expendables" star has been locked into starring in the on-again, off-again prison thriller, "The Tomb," according to Variety.

"The Tomb" follows Ray Breslin, the world's foremost authority on structural security. His skills are put to the test when he is framed and put into a high-security prison of his own design and must find out who put him there.

Stallone is no stranger to prison thrillers -- he starred in "Lock Up" back in 1989, a not-bad action flick that you probably don't remember very well, if at all. He was also in prison for a while with Kurt Russell in "Tango & Cash" and was frozen in a cryogenic prison in "Demolition Man." Sheesh, how much time has the Italian Stallion done, anyway?

Sly isn't the first action star to be connected to "The Tomb." Once upon a time, two of Stallone's "Expendables" co-stars, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, were circling the lead role, with Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") set to direct. Bruce, Arnold and Fuqua have all moved on to other projects, so the search is now on for a new director.

Sylvester Stallone will next be seen in Walter Hill's "Bullet to the Head," opening April 13, 2012, and in "The Expendables 2," opening Aug. 17, 2012.