- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger said he’d be back.

The former governor of California will return to acting with a starring role in the Lionsgate film “Last Stand.” Schwarzenegger will play a border-town sheriff who unwittingly finds himself battling a notorious drug kingpin on the run.

Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said Schwarzenegger will “bring incredible magnetism” to the character of Sheriff Owens.

The role represents Schwarzenegger’s first major movie role since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” He made a cameo appearance in last summer’s “The Expendables.”

Drake said Schwarzenegger’s appearance in that film “electrified the audience” and that he expects the action star-turned-politician to bring that same energy to this Western tale.

The film will be directed by Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon. No shooting or release date was announced.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Daniel Ketchell confirmed Tuesday that Schwarzenegger will appear in “Last Stand” but did not elaborate.

Schwarzenegger said in May that he was putting his acting projects on hold after disclosing that he fathered a child with a family housekeeper and splitting with wife Maria Shriver.


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