Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to reprise one of his most recognizable movie roles – Conan the Barbarian. Universal Pictures announced on Friday it was going to produce a sequel.
Schwarzenegger, who is 65, will reprise the role of the sword swinging giant in the new The Legend of Conan, which will come out 30 years after the original Conan film launched the body builder’s Hollywood career. The former governor of California said he loved the character and is honored to step back into the Conan role again.
The two original Conan films were released in 1982 and 1984 and together the two grossed over $70 million in box office receipts in the U.S. In 2011, the franchise was remade with Jason Momoa starring in Conan the Barbarian, but the film did not have the success of its two predecessors and earned just $21 million at the box office in North America.
The new film is Schwarzenegger’s most recent Hollywood venture since the former action hero of movies ended his term in 2011 as the governor of California. He recently started alongside a number of veteran actors known for their action hero roles in The Expendables 2. He is also set to star in five more films including Ten a thriller and Triplets, which is a sequel to his 1998 hit Twins.
Politically Schwarzenegger is a Republican and launched a think tank on global policy in his name at USC and earlier this month released a new memoir titled Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life.