In between winning Mr Universe four times as a body-builder, entering into politics as the former Governor of California, and starring in all manner of action films – from Terminator to Total Recall – Austrian-American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger already has many strings to his bow. Now, he’s trying his hand at telly for the first time with a new Netflix series.
If you enjoyed Arnie’s turn as a secret agent in True Lies (1994), this new show will most likely be up your alley, too. Currently untitled, the eight-part series follows a father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and daughter (Monica Barbaro) who discover that they’ve both been secretly working as CIA operatives. Once the espionage-loving cat is out of the bag, they team up as a spying duo, and get to know each other from scratch after years of lying to each other. Deception, betrayal, and confusion, all shaken up into a messy cocktail with notoriously tricksy family dynamics? You betcha!
Though Arnie’s appeared on television before, this project marks his first starring role in a scripted drama, and the actor will also executive produce the series. Nick Santaro, who previously worked as a writer and producer on Prison Break, Law & Order, and The Sopranos, is showrunner. Outside of the upcoming series, fellow lead Monica Barbaro is set to star opposite Tom Cruise in the forthcoming action sequel Top Gun: Maverick.
It’s not yet clear when the new spy drama – comprising of eight, hour-long episodes – will hit Netflix. So until then, hasta la vista, baby.