Arnold Schwarzenegger to reprise role in 'The Legend of Conan'
Arnold Schwarzenegger is gearing up to reprise his iconic role as Conan the Barbarian in "The Legend of Conan."
The actor and former California governor starred in the original 1982 film, "Conan the Barbarian" and the 1984 sequel "Conan the Destroyer," which cumulatively grossed over $70 million in the U.S. box office. The 65-year-old launched his career with the film, transitioning from Austrian body-builder to Hollywood star.
"I always loved the Conan character, and I'm honored to be asked to step into the role once again," Schwarzenegger said in a statement to Deadline on October 26.
"This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story," producer Chris Morgan said. "I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn't touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film."
A remake of the film, starring Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman, was released in August 2011 and earned only $21 million in the U.S. box office. In the fantasy film, muscle-bound warrior Conan the Cimmerian (Momoa) seeks to avenge his father's murder and the slaughtering of his entire village.
Schwarzenegger returned to acting after ending his term as California governor in January 2011. He recently reprised his role as Trench in "The Expendables 2," which also stars Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Liam Hemsworth, Jet Li and Jason Statham.
He is also slated to appear in several other films, including "Triplets," a sequel to the 1988 comedy "Twins," where he portrayed the experimentally conceived twin brother of Danny DeVito.
Schwarzenegger has been making headlines lately over his new autobiography, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," which details his affairs with his and his now-estranged wife Maria Shriver's former housekeeper Mildred Baena, with whom he fathered a son named Joseph. He also admit to having an "outrageous affair" with his Brigitte Nielsen, his co-star in the 1985 film, "Red Sonja."
Shriver, 56, filed for divorce in July 2011 amid the cheating scandal and after 25 years of marriage. The couple announced their separation in May 2011.
It was later revealed that the actor had fathered a son with Baena while he was married to Shriver, who is the mother of daughters Christina, 21, and Katherine, 23, and sons Christopher, 14 and Patrick, 19.