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).
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.