Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking his varied career in a new direction. The bodybuilder, Terminator actor, 38th Governor of California and, more recently, host of a revamped Celebrity Apprentice has boarded the Jean-Michel Cousteau oceanic documentary Wonders of the Sea 3D as narrator.
Produced by 3D Entertainment Films, the documentary follows Cousteau, his children Celine and Fabien, and their team as they voyage across the ocean to reveal an unexplored underwater world. The project, which was filmed over three years from Fiji to the Bahamas, also examines the threats that put our seas at risk in the hopes of uniting the general public around the need to protect our waters and the creatures living within them.
Cousteau serves as co-director, alongside Jean-Jacques Mantello on the 85-minute underwater doc, which will be presented and sold by Conquistador Entertainment at the Cannes Film Market in May. Schwarzenegger and François Mantello serve as producers.
Wonders of the Sea 3D is slated for a worldwide release in 2017.
“From the very beginning, my wish was that the narrator of Wonders of the Sea 3D be profoundly connected to the environment, and we could not have better fulfilled that mission,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau in a statement. “Arnold and I share the same enthusiasm about what should be done to protect the ocean. I was impressed by his professionalism and how dedicated he proved to endow the film with his voice. My father always said: ‘People protect what they love,’ and Arnold will help us achieve that goal, in that after seeing the film, audiences too will want to protect the wonders of the sea as much as I do.”
“When I first saw the footage of this film, I was blown away and I immediately wanted to be involved,” added Schwarzenegger. “It is not only an incredible visual feast, but it is also conveying a strong message about the need to protect our ocean.”