Arnold Schwarzenegger--tall guy, muscles, accent, Kennedy wife. Remember him?

To insure the mental picture doesn't get any fuzzier, The Arnold has decided to (hey, why not?) star in a movie again.

The 50-year-old überceleb has committed to deadpan his way through the big-budget, beat-the-devil thriller End of Days, the Hollywood trades report. It'll be Schwarzenegger's first major film assignment since he gamely tried to ring laughs out of 1996's jangled Jingle All the Way.

In those two years of (relative) downtime, he commanded a $25 million salary for a couple of weeks' work as Mr. Freeze in last year's forgettable Batman & Robin, battled paparazzi and underwent heart surgery.

Yup, sounds like about time to do that fun movie-star thing again.

End of Days is about Satan coming to New York City on the eve of the millennium to look for a bride. Schwarzenegger will play an ex-cop hired to throw rice--not.

For his save-the-world efforts, the Terminator will earn his "going rate," a source tells the trade paper, which the profligate Batman flick aside, is about $20 million.

The firmly middle-aged action star took his time settling on End of Days. Projects said to be vying for his attentions in recent months included the now-scrapped I Am Legend (a remake of Charlton Heston's 1971 The Omega Man), the long-delayed Planet of the Apes update (another Heston epic) and the big-screen S.W.A.T. flick. Terminator 3 was another possible, but that iffy production gives new meaning (or, ambiguity) to the term "iffy."

No word yet on a director for the $100 million End of Days. Andrew Marlowe, who wrote Air Force One, is the screenwriter.

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