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Without a doubt, Arnold Schwarzenegger is an icon of film. The legendary actor has appeared in some of the most iconic movies of all time, including The Terminator, Predator, The Running Man, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and True Lies. But despite a long career, and extensive catalog of films, the Austrian Oak shows no signs of slowing down, as he is set to star in the upcoming drama film Aftermath, and today, he took to social media to unveil the first ever trailer.

Check out the first trailer below:

Schwarzenegger stars as in the film which is inspired by tragic true events. The film was directed by Elliot Lester, written by Javier Gullón and produced by Darren Aronofsky. And by the looks of things, it's set to be a truly emotional piece.

An Emotional Outing

In spite of his legendary persona as an action hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be selecting roles these days which highlight his powerful range of emotions. Much like his acclaimed performance in , Aftermath will feature another heavily emotional outing from the former Governator, as he portrays Roman — a man who loses everything when his wife and child in a plane crash.

Arnold portrays Roman in this story, inspired by true events. [Credit: Lionsgate]
Arnold portrays Roman in this story, inspired by true events. [Credit: Lionsgate]

As the trailer highlights, Schwarzenegger's character is so devastated by the loss of his family — and the lack of a genuine apology from those he holds responsible — he ends up taking matters into his own hands and searches for the air traffic controller.

The trailer also relays the company's attempts to pay him damages, to which he emotionally responds by showing them a photograph of his family. The treatment of the whole situation leads him down a path of revenge, as he attempts to get justice for his wife and child.

Distraught: Roman reminds the lawyers that you can't put a price on family. [Credit: Lionsgate]
Distraught: Roman reminds the lawyers that you can't put a price on family. [Credit: Lionsgate]

For their own safety, it seems that the air-traffic controller — portrayed by Scoot McNairy — is forced to relocate, along with his family. But after everything that has transpired, the relocation isn't enough to stop Roman from tracking him down so he can hear him say sorry in person.

Roman tracks down the air-traffic controller. [Credit: Lionsgate]
Roman tracks down the air-traffic controller. [Credit: Lionsgate]

So with all that in mind, it seems that Schwarzenegger has returned to the dramatic format — which is understandable considering the praise he received for Maggie. While the character of Roman may bare similarities to Schwarzenegger's Collateral Damage character Gordy Brewer and his Maggie role of Wade Vogel, you can rest assured that Aftermath will take things to a whole new emotional level — perhaps one that not even Arnie has reached yet.

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A Thrilling Return

Released in April, Aftermath will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen for the first time in two years. We last saw the Austrian Oak in action back in 2015 when he starred in the acclaimed limited release that was Maggie, before he returned to his most famous role in the divisive Terminator Genisys. But in Aftermath, there won't be any significant Schwarzenegger one-liners. Instead, we will see a very different Arnold, as he portrays this heartbroken man who will stop at nothing to avenge the loss of his family.

A thrilled Arnie took to social media to inform us about the film's release date, as well as unveiling the film's official poster.

The film is only the beginning of Arnie's on-screen return as he is also set to appear in the upcoming fantasy adventure film Viy 2: Journey to China alongside Jackie Chan, the highly-anticipated Why We're Killing Gunther and he is rumored to be returning to some of his most iconic franchises, including 2018's The Predator, The Expendables 4 and the long-awaited Legend Of Conan. Moreover, he has also confirmed that he will reprise his most famous role as the Terminator in Terminator 6.

With a long line of films to his name, the iconic actor has returned to our screens in Aftermath. The Governator has never looked more human, and will undoubtedly move us all to tears in this truly heartbreaking story.

Aftermath is released to theaters and on demand on April 7th.

Will you be going to see Aftermath? Let us know in the comments below!


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