Arnold Schwarzenegger is making his return to the big screen with the drama Cry Macho, about a down-on-his-luck horse trainer who is hired to kidnap a 9-year-old boy.

Brad Furman will direct, while Albert S. Ruddy will produce.

"I guarantee that you'll get another look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in this movie," Albert S. Ruddy said. "Arnold always plays these big muscular guys, but there's a sweetness to Arnold in real life, and we want to bring that sweetness to the screen. Now that Brad's met with Arnold, he's convinced there's an accessibility and vulnerability there that he wants to bring out."

Cry Macho is based on the 1975 novel of the same name, by N. Richard Nash, who also wrote the play The Rainmaker. N. Richard Nash, who died in 2000, wrote the screenplay, which Albert S. Ruddy has re-optioned over the years.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63, will play Mike, a once well-regarded horse trainer whose wife and son have died. His former boss makes him an offer he can't refuse: $400,000 to kidnap the boss' trust fund son, who is living with the man's ex-wife in Mexico. But when Mike locates the boy, a real troublemaker, the ex-wife doesn't want the kid. But as Mike and the boy head back to the states, with the Federales are on their trail, they develop a father-son bond of their own.

Production is set to begin in September.