Schwarzenegger to return to acting
Published 13/07/2011 | 04:15
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'd be back.
The former governor of California will return to acting with a starring role in the Lionsgate film Last Stand.
He will play a border-town sheriff who unwittingly finds himself battling a notorious drug kingpin on the run.
Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said the Terminator star will "bring incredible magnetism" to the character of Sheriff Owens.
The role represents the actor's first major movie role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. He made a cameo appearance in last summer's The Expendables.
Drake said Arnie's appearance in that film "electrified the audience" and that he expects the action star-turned-politician to bring that same energy to this Western tale.
The film will be directed by Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon. No shooting or release date was announced.
Arnie's spokesman Daniel Ketchell confirmed that he will appear in Last Stand but did not elaborate.
The former politician said in May that he was putting his acting projects on hold after disclosing that he fathered a child with a family housekeeper and splitting with wife Maria Shriver.