Arnold Schwarzenegger lines up first post-scandal role
(Celebrity News Service)
Los Angeles, CA, United States
July 13, 2011 03:02 pm EDT
Arts, Culture And Entertainment, Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger became an unlikely tabloid sensation following the news of his divorce with Maria Shriver and fathering a son with his maid. But now, the ex-California governor is returning to acting and has lined up his first movie role since the scandal broke.
Schwarzenegger is set to take on "The Last Stand," a supposed "modern-day Western" from Lionsgate to be directed by Kim Jee-Woon, helmer of foreign horror hit "A Tale of Two Sisters" and the western-leaning "The Good, the Bad, the Weird."
In the film, Schwarzenegger will play Sheriff Owens, a former LAPD officer who now lives in the sleepy border town Sommerton Junction, who reluctantly finds himself having to stop an escaped drug leader hurtling towards his border with his gang and a hostage at 200 mph.
It's the first time Schwarzenegger has appeared on-screen since his cameo in last year's "The Expendables." His last starring role was in 2003's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."
"Arnold Schwarzenegger will bring incredible magnetism to this complex but classic role," said Lionsgate president Joe Drake. "When he came on the screen in 'The Expendables,' it always electrified the audience. In this film, the Sheriff Owens character grapples with some really tough stuff, but ultimately triumphs, and we knew he'd truly elevate this high octane ride."
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