Arnold Schwarzenegger announces first project back

Arnie picks drama Cry Macho for return

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a deal with QED International for his return to acting in Cry Macho.

The actor has been busy since his departure from politics, setting up Terminator 5 with Justin Lin, a 52-episode children’s animated series called The Governator with none other than comic book king Stan Lee, and now this.

The film will require some dramatic acting chops from the former Governor of California and features Arnie as a horse breeder whose wife and child get killed.

He sinks into an alcoholic depression and ends up working for a rich man who offers him a choice of getting fired or kidnapping the rich man’s son from his ex-wife in Mexico.

Al Ruddy, who won Oscars for both The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby, will produce, whilst Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) looks set to direct.

Shooting begins in September, with the rights to the film looking to be sold at this years Cannes Film Festival.

All that remains to be seen is whether audiences are willing to accept Arnie back onto their screens - and in a drama no less.

Are you excited to see Arnie back?  Is this the project for him? Give us your thoughts below…


    • ChrisWootton

      May 5th 2011, 16:40

      Christ, sounds terrible.

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    • ScottFree

      May 5th 2011, 21:45

      Wtf...!!! Did someone hit Arnie on the head with the 'Bad Idea Bag...'?

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    • GarthMarenghi

      May 6th 2011, 0:32

      I think this sounds pretty great, actually. Even if he falls flat on his face, I think it's interesting - and brave - for him to try and stretch his limited range a bit rather than just solely churn out all the sequels and remakes I expect he's been offered. The second act of his movie career should be something a little different. I mean, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood didn't/don't have incredibly broad sets of skills as actors, but they could still deliver a powerful performance once in a while. This could be good - a thriller with a bit of depth. I'm cautiously optimistic...

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    • Hadouken76

      May 6th 2011, 0:55

      Pensionator should be left alone...

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    • blade32

      May 6th 2011, 13:28

      Sounds great! Looks like a good choice for Arnie. Acting his age and surrounding himself with a great producer and a great director. It could set him up as a resepected older action/drama star, like Clint Eastwood successfully achieved. It annoys me when people make jokes about his age and say he should retire. Give the guy a break, everyone gets old, it doesnt mean they should stop working.

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