First Look At Arnie's The Last Stand

Schwarzenegger is back!

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves. This might look like it's just a picture of a former governor of California but it is in fact your first look at the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading film roles - specifically, his turn in The Last Stand as Sheriff Ray Owens.

The film sees Schwarzenegger play a former LAPD officer who has retired to a quieter life in a small town called Summerton Junction, near the Mexican border. His big problems start when a drug kingpin (Eduardo Noriega) escapes police custody and makes a run for the border - with only Owens standing in his way. Desperate, he deputizes the locals to fill out his force as the druglord and his lieutenants loom ever closer.

Schwarzenegger told USA Today that his character, "hasn't had to flex his muscles in a while. So when the gangsters come to town, it's a big test."

"You're rooting for him more because he's more like us," added producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says. "And he gets up and keeps on going. When he needs to be Arnold, he's Arnold."

For more from both filmmakers on the film, head on over to USA Today.

The Last Stand is due in cinemas in the US on January 18, 2013, and January 25 here in the UK.