Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, and not without some big changes.
Casting aside his scenery-chewing turn in “The Expendables 2,” Schwarzenegger’s upcoming acting docket is characterized by roles that are starting to move away from the invincible muscle men of his past. He’s no battle-hardened cyborg in “The Last Stand,” a modern-day western that sees Schwarzenegger as a weary border town sheriff standing in the way of a deadly fugitive. And there are no falsely-implanted memories of Mars to be found in “The Tomb,” his prison-escape thriller co-starring Sylvester Stallone, their third collaboration since 2010′s first “Expendables.”
Expect an even more different Schwarzenegger in “Ten,” a brand new thriller coming from “End of Watch” director David Ayer. The plot for “Ten” remains tightly guarded by Ayer — “He plays the leader of a DEA tactical team, and that’s about all I can say,” was all the filmmaker offered MTV News about the story during a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival — but it’s no secret that Schwarzenegger will be surrounded by a fantastic cast that includes Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway.
“We’re going to reinvent the guy. It’s going to be a new Arnold,” Ayer teased about his plans for his collaboration with the former California governor. “I’m going to transform him.”
That transformation means you won’t find any of Schwarzenegger’s signature quips in Ayer’s new movie. “He’s playing a real guy, a real guy in the real world,” the director said on that topic. “[Quips are] not how I roll.”
“Ten” isn’t the first time Ayer’s interests have aligned with Schwarzenegger’s work. The filmmaker was once attached to a “Commando” remake, though he now says the movie isn’t likely to happen.
“You know, who knows. Things circulate in this business. Maybe that baton will come back around and I’ll run with it,” he said. “[But] it’s ‘Taken,’ right? It’s a great story line. A guy loses his lady and wants to get her back. But it’s a little bit in the pantheon of ’80s action movies, and that’s scary to touch. A lot of guys out there want [those movies] left alone.”