Clint Eastwood told reporters in 2008 that ‘Gran Torino’ was “probably” his last on-screen appearance as he was preparing to retire from acting. Who could imagine not seeing the rough, tough and sometimes with a softer side Eastwood absent from the big screen.

According to Entertainment Weekly the 81-year-old is currently in talks to star in the baseball drama ‘Trouble With the Curve’ as a veteran scout losing his vision.

The film will be directed by Eastwood’s longtime producer Robert Lorenz, and would mark the first time since 1993′s ‘In The Line Of Fire’ that Eastwood starred in a movie directed by anyone other than himself.

In a previous interview with EW, Eastwood said, “They’re not writing a lot of really great material for guys my age. In lieu of that, I would just prefer to stay behind the camera. But if a great role came along, yeah, I would do that. But actors are like boxers — they stay too long sometimes.”

In the mean time, keep a look out for his most recent project ‘J. Edgar’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, due out this November.

[Entertainment Weekly]