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OTRC: Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to acting with animated TV show

Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as the Terminator in the 2003 movie 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.' (Columbia TriStar Films / C-2 Pictures)

Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon return to his acting career with a new animated series called "The Governator," which was his nickname when he was the governor of California.

The 63-year-old, known for his role in the first three "Terminator" films, will voice a superhero who lives a double life as a family man. The plot of the cartoon is similar to that of Schwarzenegger's 1994 movie "True Lies."

The new series is planned as the first stage of a franchise that could also include comics and movies, according to the Associated Press. It is co-produced by A Squared Entertainment and comic book legend Stan Lee, co-creator of big franchises such as "Spider-Man," "X-Men" and "Iron Man."

Schwarzenegger served as governor of California between 2003 and 2010. In February, he signaled his desire to return to the screen, saying on his Twitter page that he "gave the green light" to his Hollywood agent friends to pursue entertainment projects for him.

During his time as California governor, he briefly revived his film career with a cameo role in the 2010 summer blockbuster "The Expendables" alongside other action movie legends like Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.

It was also reported February that a fifth "Terminator" film may be developed. Schwarzenegger rose to fame playing the main cyborg in the futuristic franchise, which deals with an uprising against humans and spurred his famous lines, "I'll be back" and "Hasta la vista, baby."

Schwarzenegger starred in the first three films in the series, starting from the original 1984 movie "The Terminator" and ending with "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" in 2003.

Christian Bale, who received an Oscar for his recent film "The Fighter," appeared in a fourth "Terminator" film in 2009 as human protagonist John Connor, a role originated by Edward Furlong in the second movie, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," which was released in 1991.

Schwarzenegger, a former body builder, is also known for films such as "Kindergarten Cop," "Jingle All the Way" and "Total Recall." A 2012 reboot of the latter film is also in the works and will reportedly star Colin Farrell, while Bryan Cranston of the AMC series "Breaking Bad" is said to be in negotiations to play a villain in it.

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