Hide yo housekeepers! After spending a hiatus in politics and infidelity, the ex-Governator will be making his return to the big screen.
Upcoming and long-in-the-making western, Last Stand, the English-language directorial debut of Kim-ji-Woon, will have Arnold Schwarzenegger as its star. For the aging Austrian muscle-man, the role may be a perfect fit as he will portray a grizzled lawman working with an inexperienced team, who finds himself forced to protect a border town from an impending threat.
While it may not exactly be an original plot in the Western genre, there is apparently a lot of buzz about the script by Andrew Knauer.
As an executive from Lionsgate Entertainment tells Deadline:
"It's a property which a zillion directors fell in love with: the good, the bad, the weird" Adding, "It's an old-fashioned Western specifically designed for a 63-year-old broken-down guy with a moral decision whether Arnold decides to stand up for his town. We always needed an iconic figure for it."
The film was originally slated for Schwarzenegger, however, his existing projects, such as a collaboration with Marvel comics and Stan Lee on The Governator cartoon series, were seemingly deep-sixed due to his headline-making marriage scandal forcing him to pull out (get it? cause...) This made way for Liam Neeson to take the Last Stand role. However, the deal with Neeson would eventually fall through, leaving the vacancy for its originally-slated star to reclaim the spot.
Reportedly pre-sold by the studio for $30 million when it was just a Liam Neeson film (and not that Liam Neeson isn't awesome,) its stock will undoubtedly be raised significantly since its status has been upgraded to being the comeback vehicle for one of the biggest action stars in the world.