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Arnold Schwarzenegger 

Is Arnold, 65, too old for Conan role? Apparently not

LOS ANGELES — Actor and former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising one of his most famous movie roles — Conan the Barbarian — for an upcoming sequel, Universal Pictures said on Friday.

Schwarzenegger, 65, will play the sword-swinging hero in &#';The Legend of Conan,&#'; 30 years after the film that launched the Austrian bodybuilder as a Hollywood star.

&#';I always loved the Conan character, and I&#';m honored to be asked to step into the role once again,&#'; Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

The original films, 1982&#';s &#';Conan the Barbarian&#'; and 1984&#';s &#';Conan The Destroyer,&#'; together grossed more than $70 million at U.S. box office.

The &#';Conan&#'; franchise was remade in 2011 with &#';Game of Thrones&#'; star Jason Momoa, but the film — also called &#';Conan the Barbarian&#'; — failed to repeat the success of its predecessors, earning only $21 million at the North American box office, according to film tracking site BoxOfficeMojo.com.

The new &#';Conan&#'; film is the latest Hollywood venture by Schwarzenegger since the action movie hero ended his term as Californiea&#';s governor in January 2011.

He starred alongside Hollywood&#';s veteran action heroes in this summer&#';s &#';The Expendables 2,&#'; and is lined up to star in five other films, including thriller &#';Ten&#'; and &#';Triplets,&#'; a sequel to his hit 1988 comedy &#';Twins&#'; alongside co-star Danny DeVito.