After much speculation about what his first return-to-acting vehicle would be - and a delay, due to his highly-publicized marital issues - Arnold Schwarzenegger is (at last) prepped to be back on the big screen in the action flick, The Last Stand.
Principal photography on the new Schwarzenegger vehicle is expected to commence before the year is out, with Korean filmmaker Jee-Woon Kim calling the shots for his first Hollywood production.
Lionsgate has officially settled on a January 18th, 2013 release date for The Last Stand, so it will premiere over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame. That should also allow the Schwarzenegger film to have little to no competition at the box office during its opening weekend - and, if studio heads have their way, help rejuvenate moviegoers' interest in seeing Ah-nuld (who turns 64 at the end of this month) play an action hero on the big screen once again.
Here's how Deadline describes the film:
Schwarzenegger plays a cop who leaves the LAPD in disgrace and takes a job in a sleepy border town. There's little action until when an escaped drug kingpin heads toward the town at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang member escorts. The cop is the only thing standing in the way of the kingpin making it back across the border to safety.
While Terminator 5 appears set to move forward, with or without Schwarzenegger, there are several other projects that've been on indefinite hold since the former body-building champ and ex-governor of California delayed his return to the acting ring, including:
- The Governator, a comic book/animated TV series/3D movie conceived by Stan Lee and Schwarzenegger, which features a cartoon version of the latter as an Iron Man-style superhero (yes, this project is real).
- Cry Macho, a dramatic thriller that reportedly won't begin to move forward again until next year, at the earliest.
There's a strong possibility that both those aforementioned projects will begin production well before The Last Stand hits theaters, so the success (or failure) of that Schwarzenegger/Kim collaboration shouldn't make or break them. Whether or not the aging muscle man will be appearing in any other films in the future, however, will depend on how well his turn as a disgraced cop in Last Stand is received by the moviegoing masses.
To reiterate: The Last Stand is now slated for theatrical release on January 18th, 2013.
Source: Lionsgate (via Deadline)