Arnold Schwarzenegger is expressing interest in returning to another sci-fi/action role, and this time it’s not Terminator. The former California governor wants to reprise his role as Dutch from the original Predator film, according to Bloody Disgusting.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Would Be Returning For His First Predator Sequel
While Arnold made the Dutch character his own and drove the original John McTiernan-directed Predator an instant hit, Schwarzenegger has never returned in any of the subsequent sequels. If for nothing else, his appearance in the 1987 film is unique for that much.
In 2010, Predators director Nimród Antal was hopeful that Arnold would return for a cameo, but Mr. Schwarzenegger wasn’t interested at the time. The director went with a brief appearance by Laurence Fishburne instead, casting him as Noland.
As it stands now, Shane Black is working on The Predator, and Schwarzenegger is obviously showing interest in returning to the franchise. It seems his political ambitions have been fulfilled, because Arnold is fully reinvesting himself in his acting career, as his statement about possibly returning in The Predator reveals.
“I haven’t talked with him (Shane Black) yet but I’m going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon,” Schwarzenegger said in the statement to his fansite The Arnold Fans. “Just as soon as I’m finished with this (Arnold’s Sports Festival) and The Apprentice and all this stuff. But I will get together with him. If there is any news, we’ll of course let you know right away. There’s also a meeting coming up soon about Conan, about the project moving forward.”
While it’s not official, it seems likely that Black would certainly be open to having the star power Arnold brings with him. Reprising Dutch in The Predator would boost Schwarzenegger’s own career, while also bringing out fans and multiplying box office numbers.
In 1987’s Predator, an extraterrestrial hunted a team of commandos through the South American jungles.
Little is known about The Predator other than it’s to be directed by Shane Black and will be a direct sequel to the original Predator film. Prior to Black signing on as director, the intention had been to reboot the franchise, but Shane, who starred in the 1987 film as Hawkins, expressed interest in creating a sequel instead.
Having Shane Black at the helm may mean a meatier part for Schwarzenegger than the cameo he was offered in Antal’s Predators, as they are former co-stars seem to be on good terms. The question remains: Will The Predator bring Dutch back, only to kill him off by the end of the film? The current trend for ensemble casts in films means a single action hero can no longer drive an entire film franchise, but a revitalized Predator franchise may be the exception to the rule. Of course, this all depends on Black’s willingness to cast Schwarzenegger in the first place, a situation that both Arnold and his fans are banking on.
In addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover, rumors attached to The Predator suggest Henry Cavill, Michael B. Jordan, and Zac Efron may also be joining the project.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Moving Tribute To Nancy Reagan
Divulgan planes para funeral de #NancyReagan El cuerpo de la ex primera dama de EE.UU., Nancy Reagan, yacerá en capilla ardiente en la Biblioteca Presidencial Ronald Reagan en Simi Valley, California, miércoles y jueves, cuando el público podrá brindarle su último adiós. Leer mas en elsoldesantiago.com
Upon learning of the passing of Nancy Reagan, long-time friend to Schwarzenegger and wife of former president Ronald Reagan, Digital Spy reports that Arnold led a tribute to the former first lady. The Terminator actor and former governor called Ms. Reagan a personal hero, as he cited her “power, class, and grace” as her most memorable traits. Mr. Schwarzenegger added that Nancy would be forever remembered.
“She’s with her Ronnie now, but those of us she left behind will miss her dearly,” Schwarzenegger said.
Nancy Reagan died from congestive heart failure on March 6.
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