Arnie to reprise Conan the Barbarian role

UNITED STATES - Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to reclaim his status as an action hero.

He is reprising one of his most famous movie roles - Conan The Barbarian - for an upcoming sequel, Universal Pictures said.

Schwarzenegger, will play the sword-swinging hero in The Legend of Conan.

"I always loved the character of Conan, and I'm honoured to be asked to step into the role once again," the 65-year-old said in a statement, Reuters reported.

The original Conan films, 1982's Conan the Barbarian and 1984's Conan The Destroyer, together grossed more than US$70 million (S$85 million) at the US box office.

Conan The Barbarian was remade last year with Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa, but it failed to repeat the success of its predecessors.

It earned only US$21 million at the North American box office, according to film tracking site

The new Conan film is the latest Hollywood venture by Schwarzenegger since the action movie hero ended his term as governor of California in January last year.

He starred alongside Hollywood's veteran action heroes in this summer's The Expendables 2, and is lined up to star in five other films, including thriller Ten and Triplets, a sequel to his hit 1988 comedy Twins alongside co-star Danny DeVito.

Schwarzenegger has also launched a policy think-tank in his name at the University of Southern California.

In addition, the beefcake released a memoir earlier this month, entitled "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life."

The book revealed details of the child Schwarzenegger fathered with his family's housekeeper 15 years ago, while still married to Maria Shriver.

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