By Ashleigh Schmitz
Leaving his governorship behind him, Arnold Schwarzenegger's next role as leading man is in "The Last Stand." Schwarzenegger stars in Jee-Woon Kim's English-language directorial debut alongside Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Knoxville and Forrest Whitaker.
The 65 year-old former "Terminator" is Sheriff Ray Owens, a former Los Angeles cop who moves to a sleepy border-town when, according to USA Today, "his law-enforcing slow lane is invaded by a notorious drug kingpin who escapes custody and speeds his way to the U.S.-Mexican border with his lethal gang straight through Owens' Summerton Junction."
Learn more and see the first photos from "The Last Stand" after the jump!
Not unlike Schwazenegger's off-screen self, Sheriff Ray Owens "hasn't had to flex his muscles in a while," Schwarzenegger told USA Today. Suffice it to say the little town of Summerton Junction and its lackluster local law enforcement is no match for the drug lord, "so when the gangsters come to town, it's a big test," he said.
Lucky for audiences, the plot twists mean Schwarzenegger is back to being a big screen badass. But the fact that his role in the film might be a metaphor for his return isn't lost on Schwarzenegger, who said, "I guess I could have started slow and eased into it. But it felt amazing to be back jumping off buildings, seeing huge explosions, getting in car chases and throwing punches."
(via USA Today)
Since leaving the governor's mansion Schwarzenegger has had a full production schedule. Before "The Last Stand" comes to theaters in 2013, you can see Schwarzenegger in "The Expendables 2" on August 17. He'll also be in next year's "The Tomb" and "Breacher."
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