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The Arnold Schwarzenegger Comeback Express continues chugging along. First came last week’s sneak peek at Expendables 2, which reunites the actor with fellow ’80s action icons (and Planet Hollywood investors) Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone for more male-menopausal buttkicking. And today marks the the first day of filming for Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle since he began his political career. Earlier this summer, it was announced that Schwarzenegger would star in The Last Stand, a western from director Jee-woon Kim (The Good, The Bad, The Weird). Somewhere along the way, the project accrued an intriguing amount of interesting supporting players: According to a press release from Lionsgate, the film will co-star Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Johnny Freaking Knoxville, the essential Peter Stormare, the even-more-essential Harry Dean Stanton, and Zach “Matt Saracen” Gilford.

It’s hard to know what to expect of The Last Stand. Schwarzenegger is playing an Everyman small-town sheriff, which is not exactly the first thing you imagine when you imagine The Once and Future Terminator. Still, it’s definitely intriguing to know that the star will be surrounded by an impressive cast. The film is currently slated for a 2013 release.

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