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Schwarzenegger back in Hollywood saddle

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Two months after putting his Hollywood return on hold following a damaging sex scandal, Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to get back in the saddle.

The former action star turned politician is scheduled to start shooting The Last Stand in September, a film industry source said on Monday, despite being embroiled in what could be a messy divorce from his wife, Maria Shriver.

"It's an old-fashioned Western specifically designed for a 63-year-old broken-down guy with a moral decision ... We always needed an iconic figure for it," an unnamed movie executive told industry website Deadline Hollywood on Monday. Deadline Hollywood first reported the story, and Schwarzenegger's participation was confirmed by Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Representatives for the former Terminator star, 63, declined to comment on the reports, as did a spokesman for Lions Gate film studio, which is behind the movie.

But an industry source, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that the movie was going ahead as planned with Schwarzenegger in the lead role.

Schwarzenegger said in May that he was halting discussions for a new Terminator movie and all other Hollywood projects in order to focus on personal matters following an admission that he fathered a child 13 years ago with his family's housekeeper.

The former California governor's wife filed for a divorce last week to end their 25-year-old marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have four children together.

Schwarzenegger was ridiculed in the US media after revealing he had a child out of wedlock that he had kept secret from his family until now.

The Last Stand, to be directed by South Korea's Kim Jee-woon, is expected to be released in 2012.

Before the housekeeper scandal broke in May, Schwarzenegger was also working on a movie called Cry Macho and had announced plans to voice a superhero with a double life in an animated TV comic book style series called The Governator.

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Schwarzenegger back in Hollywood saddle

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Schwarzenegger back in Hollywood saddle

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