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Arnold Schwarzenegger to again play 'Conan'

Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back -- as Conan the Barbarian, The Associated Press reports.

Universal Pictures says California's former governor will star in "The Legend of Conan," an action film being developed for the actor. Deadline Hollywood was the first to report the news Friday.

The 65-year-old Schwarzenegger starred in two previous films about the mythic hero: 1982's "Conan the Barbarian" and 1984's "Conan the Destroyer." Schwarzenegger told Deadline he loves the character and is "honored" to play him again.

The "Conan" franchise was remade in 2011 with "Game of Thrones" star Jason Momoa, but the film, also called "Conan the Barbarian," earned only $21 million at the North American box office, according to film tracking site BoxOfficeMo jo.com.

Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger starred alongside veteran action heroes, including Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris in this summer's "The Expendables 2," and is set to star in five other films, including thriller "Ten" and "Triplets," a sequel to his hit 1988 comedy "Twins" alongside co-star Danny DeVito.

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