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The “Terminator” star would play a U.S. marshal in 1880s Oklahoma Indian Territory.

Nearly four decades after he played a naïve good guy opposite Kirk Douglas’ hapless bad guy in The Villain (pictured above), the 1979 western spoof ramrodded by Smokey and the Bandit director Hal Needham, Arnold Schwarzenegger may get in the saddle for some far more serious Wild West action.

According to Deadline.com and other reliable sources, the Austrian-born action movie hero (and former California governor) is slated to be the star and executive producer of Outrider, an “event series” in the planning stages at Amazon.

The drama is set in the Oklahoma Indian Territory of the 1880s, and deals with a deputy who’s ordered by a notoriously brutal judge to find and apprehend a legendary outlaw in the wilderness. Schwarzenegger would play a ruthless U.S. marshal who accompanies the deputy on his mission, ostensibly to make sure justice is served.

Reportedly, Schwarzenegger’s character will be identified as a European immigrant, which will help explain his accent. No word yet on whether, at any point in the series, he’ll offer a variation of his famous Terminator tagline by promising: “I’ll ride back!”

 

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