Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns as Santa in 'The Man With The Bag'

Hollywood Icon Embarks on a Magical Holiday Adventure.

by Nouman Rasool
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns as Santa in 'The Man With The Bag'
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to bring holiday cheer to the big screen once again as he takes on a role in the upcoming Christmas comedy, "The Man With The Bag." This exciting development was announced by Deadline on Tuesday, marking Schwarzenegger's grand return to cinema after a five-year hiatus.

The film, which also stars Alan Ritchson, is gearing up for production later this year under the direction of Adam Shankman for Amazon MGM Studios. Crafted by screenwriter Allan Rice, the movie promises a whimsical yet adventurous storyline.

The plot revolves around the theft of Santa's magical bag, prompting the jolly old figure to enlist the help of Vance, a former thief listed on Santa's naughty list. Vance, alongside his daughter, Santa himself, and a quirky band of elves, is tasked with orchestrating the ultimate heist to retrieve the bag and save Christmas.

Schwarzenegger's Festive Return

While casting specifics remain under wraps, it is speculated that Schwarzenegger will don the iconic red suit as Santa Claus. This role marks an iconic moment for Schwarzenegger, as it will be his first festive film appearance since the 1996 holiday classic, "Jingle All The Way." Moreover, this project represents Schwarzenegger's first film role since his appearance in "Terminator: Dark Fate" in 2019.

Although he participated in the filming of "Kung Fury 2" that same year, the movie has yet to be released due to ongoing legal complications. In addition to his film work, Schwarzenegger was also featured in a Netflix documentary last year, which explored the multifaceted layers of his life, from his bodybuilding achievements to his storied Hollywood career and political endeavors.

Despite his iconic role as the Terminator, Schwarzenegger has expressed a desire to step away from the franchise, suggesting it's time for new talents to carry forward the legacy. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 76-year-old actor reflected on his illustrious career and the indelible mark the Terminator series has left on his life, stating, "The franchise is not done.

I'm done... I will always look at it very fondly." Schwarzenegger's return to the holiday film genre with "The Man With The Bag" is eagerly anticipated by fans and industry insiders alike, promising a blend of comedy, adventure, and festive spirit that aims to capture the hearts of viewers around the globe.

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