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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Blockbuster Film about China's Lost Kingdom

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

(Photo : Getty Images) Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in an upcoming 3D blockbuster Chinese film The Guest of Sanxingdui, which is set to combine "Hollywood technology and oriental culture."

The Guest of Sanxingdui is set at the ancient Sanxingdui ruins near the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. The ruins are believed to be the remnants of the Shun Kingdom, which mysteriously disappeared some 3,000 years ago, according to the Shanghaiist.

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The film is set to begin its production in March 2017 with an initial investment of $200 million and will be released in 2019, state-backed Xinhua News agency reported citing the film investment company Beijing Ajimo during a press conference on Monday.

James Cameron's team will allegedly be tapped to manage the film's post-production works, the People's Daily reported.

Schwarzenegger says the film will be an international story in order to introduce a global audience to the culture of Sanxingdui, the Mail Online noted.

Aside from being the producer and lead actor of the film, the Terminator star will also become the spokesperson for south-west China's Sanxingdui site to help promote it abroad.

On Monday (Oct. 24), as a sign of appreciation, Schwarzenegger paid a visit to Sanxingdui museum, where he carefully viewed each relic, consulted professionals on hand, and offered his opinion about its culture, the People's Daily reported. Particularly taken by a bronze statue covered with a thin gold mask, Schwarzenegger could not help but wonder how ancient people who live thousands of years ago were able to make it.

The former California governor also shared his willingness to take the global ambassador role from Jackie Chan when the two stars collaborated on a film in Beijing.

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