Christian Bale to play John Connor in new Terminator film

By Mike

November 22, 2007 Features Movies No comments

Up until today, I had no clue there was even a notion of a fourth Terminator film, and now not only is that moving ahead big time, there are sources on The Movie Blog saying that Christian Bale will play John Connor in it.

The movie has a working title, “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins“, which seems like a mouthful and will likely be changed. I hope so at least. We’ll call it Terminator 4 for now.

There doesn’t appear to be an official synopsis yet, but I found this on IMDB, posted by Anonymous:

After the drastic effects of Terminator 3, the story continues as John Connor and soon to be wife Kate Brewster realize they must create a resistance organization with Earth’s remaining survivors against the army of robots slowly being built up by Skynet. As they are building this resistance, one survivor happens to be a traitor in disguise, and has a secret that nobody would ever come to suspect.

Supposedly this will be an entirely new cast of actors, no holdovers from Terminator 3, no Arnold. I don’t even remember what the “drastic effects” were in the last film, might be time to re-watch it.

Terminator Chronicles has some other news on the plot, from James Middleton, who is the producer of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. One interesting point from it:

“…the movie will feature a new hero as the main character. Middleton likened it to how “Ben-Hur was influenced by Jesus Christ, but it was his story. Much in that way, this character will be influenced by John Connor.”

Well, the big thing here is Bale. Getting him to sign on for the film is a huge acquisition. He is at the top of his game right now, massively popular and super talented. From The Machinist, to Batman Begins to Rescue Dawn, which just came out on DVD, Bale has been ripping up the reviews and making a big name for himself.

His being attached to Terminator 4 will give it a credibility it didn’t get in the last film.

The film is scheduled to be released in the Summer of 2009, so we are a long way off, but I’ll mark this down as the first movie I’m looking forward to that year.

What about you guys? Are you looking forward to a new Terminator?