Arnold Schwarzenegger lines up first ever regular TV role in Netflix spy series

Tom Beasley
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Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Japan premiere of 'Terminator: Dark Fate' on November 06, 2019. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)
Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Japan premiere of 'Terminator: Dark Fate' on November 06, 2019. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to take on his first ever regular role on a TV series, with a spy show he’s developing over at Netflix.

Despite his 50-year career on the big screen and a handful of TV cameos — not to mention his brief stint as Donald Trump’s The Apprentice replacement — Schwarzenegger has never had a major recurring role on a series until now.

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Variety described the show as “a global spy adventure with a father and daughter at the centre of the story”.

Schwarzenegger would take on the main role, with Top Gun: Maverick and The Good Cop actor Monica Barbaro as his daughter.

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Nick Santora created the show with Skydance TV as part of his overall deal with the company, which also includes his role as showrunner on the upcoming Jack Reacher series.

Schwarzenegger, of course, has a long-standing relationship with Skydance, which has co-produced the last two Terminator movies with Paramount Pictures.

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The star’s most recent roles were in Terminator: Dark Fate and in the baffling Chinese adventure The Iron Mask, in which he played a British prison warden — he didn’t do an accent — and fought fellow action icon Jackie Chan.

That film has a meagre 21% approval score among film critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s consensus calling it “bizarrely misguided” and “unintentionally hilarious”.

'The Iron Mask'. (Credit: Universal)
'The Iron Mask'. (Credit: Universal)

Schwarzenegger’s next role will be as the President of the United States in Kung Fury 2 — a sequel to a crowdfunded 2015 short.

The movie also stars Michael Fassbender and Lonely Island star Jorma Taccone, with director David Sandberg as the titular detective.

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There is no confirmed schedule for Schwarzenegger’s Netflix series, with the deal still on the verge of being put together.

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