Arnold Schwarzenegger Set for TV Series Debut in Netflix Spy Thriller

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Monica Barbaro in "Top Gun: Maverick" and Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator: Dark Fate" (Paramount)

Over 50 years after he made his movie debut in “Hercules in New York,” movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is set for his first television starring role in an upcoming spy series for Netflix.

He’ll be joined by Monica Barbaro, who’s best known for her role as Anna Valdez on “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Justice” but should be a lot more famous for playing a Navy aviator with the call sign Phoenix in “Top Gun: Maverick” after that movie’s release in November 2021.

There’s no title yet for the show, but Schwarzenegger and Barbaro play a father and daughter who, unknown to each other, have been working secretly as CIA operatives for years. A world crisis forces them to reveal their true jobs to each other, and they must work through a whole batch of issues while teaming to save the world.

The series comes from Skydance Productions, who’ve worked with Schwarzenegger on the recent Terminator movies. The company is also behind the recent “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and upcoming “Jack Reacher” television series for Amazon Prime.

Skydance has tapped writer/producer Nick Santora for the new show. He’s in charge of the “Jack Reacher” series and recently made series reboots of “Most Dangerous Game” with Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz and “The Fugitive” with Kiefer Sutherland and Boyd Holbrook. The latter two shows were made for the ill-fated Quibi mobile service, but they’ve just become available to stream for free via the Roku Channel.

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Schwarzenegger is jacked about the new gig. “Fans from all over the world have been asking me for a wild ride like this for years, and now they’re finally going to get it because of our great partners at Skydance and Netflix,” he said in a Netflix statement. “I am beyond pumped to start work on the show with Nick and Monica and the whole team.”

There are sure to be quips and bickering and plenty of gunfire. Also, with double agents, you can’t do a spy series without some backstabbing. Skydance’s television arm knows what the people want, so odds are good that they’ll deliver here. At this point, we should expect to see the show next spring or summer. We’ll have more news as it develops.

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