May 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM ET
While the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger secretly fathered a child with a member of his household staff is still sinking in here in the United States, backers of his next film, "Cry Macho," are busy selling the rights at the Cannes Film Festival.
What those backers didn't expect was that the story in the film might mirror the events playing out right now in Schwarzenegger's personal life.
In "Cry Macho," Schwarzenegger will be working out a complicated relationship with an 11-year-old who unexpectedly turns up in his life, The New York Times reports. The film is also described as "a morality tale about two characters who help each other through tough transitions."
The film's producer, Albert S. Ruddy, had been trying to film "Cry Macho" for decades, and eight years ago, Schwarzenegger took interest in the project, but it had to be put on hold because of his run for governor. "He’s got a vulnerability and a sweetness,” Ruddy told the New York Times of Schwarzenegger. “He’s never had an extended opportunity to do this kind of work as an actor.”
Production begins Aug. 24 in New Mexico.