“Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Christian Bale is to play John Connor in the first film of the new trilogy.
Whilst the role of John Connor is that of an “ongoing, very central character throughout the next trilogy”, another lead character who is a new figure is just as important. Anderson says that “it’s questionable if he’s an enemy or not. That’s not necessarily resolved.”
Is it a Terminator character? “Well, it’s hard to say. 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.”
He adds that “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.”
Will Schwarzenegger return? “It still hasn’t been determined, but if he does, it would be a very small cameo.” Shooting is slated to start on March 15th in either Australia or Budapest with a budget “north of $150 million.”