Arnold Schwarzenegger fights to save his doomed daughter in the upcoming zombie flick Maggie.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has fought some distinct and varied foes in his long and storied life as an action star. Wizards, aliens, robots, terrorists, game show hosts; his acting career's kill count is a practical smorgasbord of modern man's favorite foes. In his next film Maggie, Schwarzenegger will come face-to-face with the undead. The twist is that this time, he'll be fighting to keep one of them alive(ish).
Putting Schwarzenegger in the role of an aging farmer, the film will follow his character as he struggles to keep his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin) safe from authorities in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The movie, which is set to hit theaters for a limited release in May, was showcased in new trailer released today. The trailer itself gave a peek at an experience that looks as though it will be markedly different from Schwarzenegger's usual fare. Free of one-liners and his trademark humor, the actor's character looks more desperate and tired than he does powerful and capable. The film also looks as though it will feature a slightly different take on the undead, with Breslin's character suffering from a zombie disease that works far more slowly than what most movies portray.
All in all, it definitely looks like a project with potential and one that could give Schwarzenegger a chance to flex his dramatic muscles (as opposed to just his muscles). Whether or not he'll actually be able to pull off a nuanced, dramatic performance is, of course, something that we'll have to wait and see. Personally though, I have high hopes. He's done good stuff in the past when given the right role and somehow playing an aging beaten down man desperately clinging to the best part of his life seems fitting.