Christian Bale Officially Signed On for Three Terminator Films
Despite the questionable PG-13 rating, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (aka Terminator 4) gets a nice little boost of positive news today. Derek Anderson of the film's production company, Halcyon, spoke to the BBC at Cannes and said in glorious black-and-white grandeur, "[Christian Bale] read the script and he loved it, so he's signed on for all three." We've known for some time that the next Terminator installment would set up a new trilogy for the franchise, and that Bale is to assume the role of rebel leader John Connor in the 2009 film; but it's certainly news that Bale will provide such a great degree of consistency and completeness in this sci-fi classic's reboot. So will Bale become the new face of the Terminator franchise, replacing Arnold's ever-present mug?
It's an interesting question, because for the next installment (and presumably for the follow-on films) Bale's character of John Connor isn't the central figure, exactly. Rather, newcomer Sam Worthington, who received a nice recommendation by none other than James Cameron himself, is set to assume the role of a new rebel fighter by the name of Marcus - "a bad ass… think along the lines of Riddick."
So will news come shortly of Worthington signing on for the additional films as well? I'm thinking yes.
Production on Terminator 4 has already started in anticipation of the May 22nd, 2009 release date. And despite rumoring, there's no word yet on whether Arnold might make a cameo in the new film; although if that happened, it would obviously be pretty bad ass. Similarly, and surprisingly, lacking definition is who will play the central Terminator adversary. Let's hope it's someone fitting of Bale and Worthington. Director McG has previously hinted at folks ranging from Russell Crowe to Eric Bana to - gasp! - Josh Brolin.
On a side note, is this not shaping up to be the prettiest Terminator film yet, what with Bale and Worthington starring along side hotty Moon Bloodgood? That's not exactly an ugly cast, and certainly a set up from the likes of Claire Danes and Nick Stahl. Maybe this is the first manifestation of former Charlie's Angels director McG's influence on the film?