Helena Bonham Carter Joins McG's Terminator Reboot
by Kevin Powers
June 30, 2008
If the involvement of Christian Bale and Common wasn't enough to help lessen my worry of McG (director of the Charlie's Angels films) helming the new Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, then today's news of Helena Bonham Carter definitely will. Bonham Carter is apparently in talks to join the film, which has already begun pre-production down in New Mexico. Honestly, Tim Burton's girlfriend seems an interesting choice for the sci-fi flick, but I'm not going to hope for anyone better. Bonham Carter is a brilliant, devilishly complex creature that seems right at home amidst a post-apocalyptic earth. Having lived in Burton's world for some time, she should be used to dim lighting and harried landscapes. Unfortunately her role is not as big as you may think.
Not much is known about the petite actress' role, save for that it's rumored to be "small but pivotal." How fitting. If I had to guess, I would imagine she might play a tertiary character that assists Connor or other resistance fighters - someone living underground that has gone a bit nuts since the battle with Skynet. I can't imagine her playing a terminator, she has too great an emotional range for that, and I find it tough to imagine her a hardened Sara Connor type.
I do hope the small-ness of her role is understated though. I was pretty disappointed she didn't have more screen time in the last Harry Potter installment. Bonham Carter has such a grim, brooding quality that is always a joy to witness. If that weren't boon enough, the actress ups the quality of the film quite a bit considering she's been previously nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. McG is definitely making some good decisions with his cast. However, he's yet to announce who will play the lead Terminator. Let's hope he scores again when that is revealed. Who do you think Bonham Carter will play?