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Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t appeared in a movie for several years, but his upcoming Netflix action series Utap could transform his career.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will host his first TV series with Netflix’s Utap, which just might save his acting career. After becoming governor of California in 2003, Schwarzenegger obviously had little time to play. Among her fans, there was a lot of excitement for her comeback with the 2013 action thriller The Last Stand, but her comeback quickly petered out. Projects seemingly tailor-made for the screen legend such as Bombed Sabotage, while his team-up with former rival Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan were only modestly successful. Even his return as T-800 in Terminator Genisys and Dark Fate – where his role should have come as a surprise – proved disappointing.
Arnie hasn’t filmed since the last sequel in 2019, but his next big project will be Utap, a Netflix-exclusive action-comedy series. While the star had guest roles on shows like The Streets of San Francisco early in his career, Utap will mark his first time in a live-action series. Utap’s premise is that a veteran CIA agent (Schwarzenegger) has just learned that his daughter (played by Top Gun: Monica Barbaro from Maverick) is also a secret CIA agent. They realized their whole relationship was a lie and needed to get to know each other while working together. Although Arnie hasn’t had a major hit in many years, Utap might be the project that turns the tide. He will combine his talent for comedy and action, and in addition to pleasing his fans, he will be able to introduce new viewers to Arnold’s action films.
Utap could reinvent Schwarzenegger’s career
In Arnie’s movie star heyday, actors of his stature simply didn’t do TV — ever. During the 90s, he earned huge salaries for expensive blockbusters like Total Recall or Last Action Hero, and the separation between film and television actors was pronounced. This slowly began to evolve over the next few years as actors like George Clooney moved from emergencies to movies like Ocean’s Eleven, and now stars like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, or Nicole Kidman are often the helm of minis as well. series.
With films like The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger found himself in a strange place. He was once one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but the kind of blockbusters that defined his career were no longer in vogue. Even quoting some of his famous lines during cameos in The Expendables films resulted in groans instead of laughs, as they sounded like an embarrassing parody. Utap has the potential to show audiences another side of his personality, where he can develop a character in eight episodes. It will no doubt feature callbacks to his most famous roles, but if he can step away from parody and introduce audiences to a different kind of Schwarzenegger character, it just might give him a late-career comeback.
Utap Sure looks like a remake of True Lies
Utap has no direct connection to past Arnie films, but the setup makes it look like a remake of True Lies. Much like that 1994 James Cameron blockbuster, it stars as a spy who had to conceal his identity from his family – until his two worlds suddenly collided. It’s unlikely that a True Lies 2 will ever happen, but Utap leans towards the same premise. The fact that True Lies co-star Tom Arnold will also guest star on Utap furthers this bond. Ultimately, the show’s success will hinge on Arnie’s chemistry with his on-screen daughter Monica Barbaro, but hopefully it will open a new chapter in the star’s acting career.