Schwarzenegger May Be Taken ‘Captive’ In 2012

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arnold schwarzenegger captive Schwarzenegger May Be Taken Captive In 2012

It’s taken longer than originally expected, but Arnold Schwarzenegger most definitely (say it with us now) will be back.

We got confirmation earlier this week that the former champion weight-lifter/action movie star/politician would play a substantial role in The Expendables 2 – which will mark his next onscreen appearance, several months prior to his new starring vehicle, The Last Stand. Now, it looks like Schwarzenegger may also add the thriller Captive to his “to do” list.

Schwarzenegger is currently in talks to headline Captive, with the intention that shooting on the project will begin by 2012. Assuming that Ah-nuld does indeed sign on, he would presumably begin work on the film right after he fulfills his Expendables sequel and Last Stand duties.

Here is how Deadline describes Captive:

Schwarzenegger [would play] an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom.  As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him.

Benjamin A. van der Veen (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (The Score) penned the script, based on a story by commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig – who was originally going to helm Captive, but is now only serving as executive producer (Fuglsig, for the record, is the fellow currently attached to direct Warner Bros.’ futuristic Robin Hood movie).

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Francesca Neri and Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Collateral Damage'

Captive reads like a film almost tailor-made for the 64 year-old Schwarzenegger, who is no stranger to appearing in thrillers that take place in South American territory (see: Predator, Collateral Damage). He’s probably looking for an action flick that won’t be too far on the physically strenuous side and would require more of an emotionally-captivating performance than anything else – seeing how the current plot description makes Captive sound fairly similar to Buried (minus the single location setting).

Therein lies part of the problem Schwarzenegger is facing with this and all his future roles: since he no longer possesses his trademark chiseled physique, he’ll have to rely more on his acting chops to impress movieogers – and let’s face it: even in his prime, Arnold was never heralded as an especially great actor.

Captive could also ultimately end up being more of a gritty and visceral thriller that calls for Schwarzenegger’s costar (i.e. the detective scrambling to find him) to handle more of the emotional heavy-lifting. Meanwhile, Arnold would play the man of pure action, seeing how talking would do little to help his situation. Yeah, that is essentially a kind way of saying Arnold should be fine if he doesn’t have to talk much, but still…

We’ll keep you posted on the status of Captive as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I’m loving all of this Arnold news. He’s coming back with a hell of a bang.

    And not to be a d**k but there’s no prefix in the title. It’s just Last Stand, according to IMDb.

    • I’ve always seen it referred to as The Last Stand from every other movie news site and publication online – so, until that changes, I’m going to assume IMDb is just mistaken on this occasion. 😎

      • Fair enough. :)

  2. This news are the brightest sun that shine into my heart.

  3. Im very anxious to see if arnold can make a good comeback in acting

  4. Yes!!! :)

  5. Can’t wait! No one does action better than Arnold. I’m sure he’ll get back in great shape as well.

  6. I still hope he’ll be involved in Terminator 5 in a human role.

  7. The article indicated, correctly, that Arnold no longer has his physique. He was once twice as big as Stallone. Arnold, if you are listening, I hope you are working your way back there, and pumping yourself up. Looking forward to seeing you on screen again.

  8. Yay!! Arnold is bak!!

  9. welcome back arnie!! we missed you!!

  10. Arnie was never a “weight-lifter”, he was a body builder. Massive difference!

  11. Hmm…the synopsis of the story reminds of “Proof of Life” (Ruesell Crowe, Meg Ryan). But it looks like this one would give more focus on the victim (Schwarzenegger) unlike in the Rusell Crowe movie where much of the story revolved around his character’s “scrambling” to secure the husband of Meg Ryan’s character from the kidnappers.

    In any case, as I read these news about his return to Hollywood, I can almost hear him say “I’ll be back!”

  12. Que le diria al Arnold Schwarzenegger actual el taquillero de los 80′ principio de los 90´: que sus intenciones actorales han cambiado notablemente desde 1993 aun teniendo exito dando un giro de 180° hasta llegar a burlarse de si mismo y su mas grande interpretacion .El exito tenia que ver con su anterior postura hacia un desenlace mas positivo y valorativo que formas iniciales que eran muy jugadas pero que merecian una solucionabilidad superando estas. Algunos de sus antogonistas son una mezcla por la imagen contraria anteriores protegidos por el o “del mismo equipo” , mientras que los malos hoy se confunden con los buenos y la verdadera hazaña heroica parece desde un deber signado por circunstancias y voluntades de los malos mas que de una verdadera voluntad que supone tener un heroe.

  13. Hi,
    Mr. Nicolai Fulgsig,
    This is Sharmistha Das from Kolkata,West Bengal,India.Sir, i am a huge fan of Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger and i am sure that the upcoming movie ‘Captive’ will be fabulous.Sir, i would like to work with him and be a part of this project.So, if you think that you can give me a chance, please feel free to e-mail me.