Arnold Schwarzenegger adds action film ‘Ten’ to busy schedule

By Daniel S Levine,

Arnold Schwarzenegger has added yet another film to upcoming roles. The Terminator star and former California governor has joined Ten, an action thriller to be directed by David Ayer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger at Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde To Icon. (NYC)

The film centers on an elite DEA team that hunts down the biggest drug cartels in the world. On their own time, though, they steal millions of dollars. They think that they made a clean getaway, but someone starts killing them one by one.

According to The Wrap, Open Road Films, which had a hit earlier this year with Liam Neeson’s The Grey, will distribute Ten. It is also distributing S.W.A.T. director Ayer’s current project, End of Watch.

“I am really excited about this project and the team that’s come together,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “David Ayer is incredibly talented and exactly what I want for a story this compelling.”

Ayer added that this will be an “amazing role” for Schwarzenegger. “I couldn’t be more excited as a filmmaker to work with one of my longtime heroes,” he said.

Ten’s script was penned by X-Men Origins: Wolverine writer Skip Woods and will be produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy. Alex Ott will be executive producer.

Block’s QED International is financing the project.

Ten has been in development for years, with Bruce Willis initially set to star. Patrick Alessandrin was also considered to direct.

The 64-year-old Schwarzenegger has only become more active in the film industry since leaving politics. His next film is The Expendables 2 and is currently filming The Tomb with Sylvester Stallone. The Last Stand, a Western, will be released in January 2013.

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