He promised us that he’d be back, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is delivering in a big way. The 65-year-old movie star-turned politician-turned movie star is set to appear in a number of upcoming action movies including The Tomb (alongside Sylvester Stallone), the David Ayer film Ten, and the Conan The Barbarian sequel Legend of Conan.

Before we see Arnold in any of those films, however, we’ll first see him in director Jee-woon Kim’s action film The Last Stand. The movie features Schwarzenegger as a small town sheriff who’s the last line of defense in keeping a dangerous cartel leader from crossing the border into Mexico. In a new full-length trailer for the film, we learn a bit more about Arnold’s character, as well as the bad guys he’s squaring off against.

Compared to the first teaser trailer for The Last Stand, this trailer is a bit lighter thanks to more footage of comic relief characters played by Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville. Despite the lighter tone, though, there’s still more than enough action packed into the footage, particularly with new footage of the cartel leader’s initial escape from custody.

While his time away from acting may have put him out of the public mind, there’s no denying that in his heyday Arnold Schwarzenegger was arguably the biggest movie star on the planet. And though it’s unlikely he’ll ever reach the height of his fame again, it definitely looks like Arnold is set for a resurgence in popularity.

After all, we’re living in a world where The Expendables franchise has grossed nearly $600 million worldwide, Bruce Willis is coming back for another Die Hard movie, and Harrison Ford is actively considering playing Han Solo again in Star Wars: Episode 7. Clearly, it’s cool to be an old guy in Hollywood.

What do you think of this new trailer for The Last Stand? Are you looking forward to seeing this movie when it hits theaters early next year?

The Last Stand comes out in U.S. theaters on January 18th, 2013.