NEW YORK — When Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his plans to retire from acting, he said he would do so for “two reasons.”
The first was for his mother, Arnold, who he said had been battling a rare and debilitating illness.
She died in 2012 at the age of 87.
The second was to give back to his community, to give more than just acting lessons.
In honor of his mom, he’s now getting the green light to star in a new movie about the life of the Green Light.
The film, titled Green Lantern: Green Lantern, will hit theaters July 6.
The star said the film was inspired by his mother and his passion for the comic book characters.
He also wants to honor her legacy by giving back to her hometown.
“I’ve been to the theater three times to see ‘Hampton High School’ and ‘Green Lantern’ in the theaters and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Schwarzenegger said during a panel discussion at the BFI in New York.
“I’ve never even seen a Green Lantern movie.
I’m so excited.
I have an opportunity to be a part of something special.”
The film’s script, written by Matt Reeves, is being produced by Reeves and Scott Rudin.
The film will also feature new cast members including Michael Shannon, Jennifer Garner and Bruce Willis.
The Green Lanterns first film, the 1979 film, was one of the most iconic comic book franchises of all time.
It starred Tom Cruise and John Travolta, was based on a Marvel comic and starred Michael Caine.
It won five Oscars and grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.
A sequel, Green Lantern II, was released in 2001 and starred Ben Affleck, Amy Adams and Jason Momoa.
Schwarzenegger also starred in the sequel, and is now the only director to be awarded an Oscar.
“The Green Hornet is a superhero.
He is not a hero, but he does his job,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will also star in the new film.
“If you see him, you know he’s a man of action.
He does not care if it’s the fight or the chase.
He’s going to do it.
I’ve been around long enough to know that, and I’m really excited to be part of it.”
For more information about the film, go to www.greenhornetmovie.com or call 212-667-7000.
Follow The Associated Press Business and business news on Twitter @APbusiness and @APmoney.