After weeks of speculation, it is now confirmed that Christian Bale will star as John Connor in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Though it had been intially suggested Connor was a supporting character, it is now confirmed he is the lead.
Bale, an indie-film prince for a long time, is certainly expanding his C.V. by starring in two massive studio franchises. One can only hope the new Terminator films are as wonderful as whats happened (and I’m betting will continue to happen) with Batman. A brief article from EW.com after the jump.
“There’s a hugely engaged fan base for this mythology. There are over a million fan sites out there. And they’ve been really waiting for this next installment, so as soon as word got out [that Bale was being considered], everybody started speculating: Is he the Terminator? Is he John Connor? Is it a new role that we haven’t seen in the franchise in the past? Where that came from, we’re not really sure. But he was always being considered for Connor.”
The three go on to also clarify just exactly what Connor’s involvement is in the film, considering the rumor that he was just a supporting role.
ANDERSON: John Connor is an ongoing, very central character throughout the next trilogy.
KUBICEK: Exactly. The mythology, really at the root of it, is the birth of the hero. John Connor is this modern-day, messianic figure that is going to lead our franchise forward.
ANDERSON: He’s leading the fight for the salvation of humanity against the machines. So he’s very important.
So yes, John Connor is the star, and yes, Christian Bale is Connor. As for the rest of the plot, which is what everyone wants to know, this where they begin to tease. “There’s gonna be another major co-star with kind of equal presence in this installment.” But who is this character? It’s not Arnold back as the Terminator, so who is it? “It is a new character introduced in the mythology that’s not replacing Arnold [Schwarzenegger]. It’s not like he’s stepping into Arnold’s shoes. It’s a completely new character.” Is it a Terminator at least? “No, not really. That’s one of the big twists…”
Obviously we won’t know the full answer to those questions until Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins arrives in theaters in 2009. But Kubicek teases, and confuses, with a bit more: “And it’s questionable if he’s an enemy or not. That’s not necessarily resolved.” However, to round things out and finalize the update, Derek Anderson delivers one final statement that definitely gets me excited.
“It’s a really interesting time in the franchise because it’s where all the fans have always wanted the franchise to go, and it hasn’t to date, which is the post-apocalyptic world. It’s after judgment day. So because we’re in a different time in the mythology, it introduces a whole new set of circumstances and characters.”