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Friday, May 23, 2008

Christian Bale is to play rebel leader John Connor in three sequels to the Terminator franchise, its producers have revealed.

The Welsh-born star, who is soon to be seen in Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight, has already started shooting the first of those films, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.

"He's really an actor's actor, so we're very proud," said Victor Kubicek of film company Halcyon.

Charlie's Angels director McG is directing the new film, which is due to be released on 22 May 2009.

"Christian was our first choice and he's a big fan of The Terminator, so we're very lucky," Kubicek told the BBC at the Cannes Film Festival.

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McG? Ah well, at least it’s not Uwe Boll.

ps: thanks to dextrette on LJ for the buzz!


Words spread that John Connor ain't really the main protagonist in the new movie(s). Yes, John Connor leads the rebellion against the machines, but the new film - and apparently the new trilogy - have a different character at the center. Connor is being described as a more of a supporting role. Kinda like Gandalf in The Two Towers. Yeah, he's one of the central characters, but again, he's no Frodo or Aragorn.

Bale in a supporting role sort of makes sense. He gets his payday* without having to be on set for 120 days or something (after all, he's already got another franchise on hand), and the role of John Connor gets a jolt of familiarity. Casting someone like Bale in a role like that is nice and easy shorthand for the filmmakers. And if John Connor isn't set to make it through the whole trilogy... well, what would be more surprising than offing Christian Bale?

*Plus, My understanding is that he's not making movie star money from the Batman films, and he needs to make movie star money if he's going to go off for six months and not get paid to make a small indie. A three picture Terminator deal ensures that Bale can keep following his muse and make the movies he wants to make, as well as pay the mortgage.
Words spread that John Connor ain't really the main protagonist in the new movie(s)

- I heard that too. And if it's true, it sounded good. I thought they made a mistake by doing the 3rd terminator film.. but if they wanted to revive the franchise (a-la Batman), we'll see what happen.

But McG? Hmmm.. recently saw We Are Marshalls.. good but kinda' corny. I thought his direction on Chuck episodes were kinda OK. But a Terminator film? Please don't make it campy.
McG got a production blog now.. -->

I dunno about you guys, tapi kalau mention McG, aku asyik terbayang Charlie’s Angels :P And, thanks a lot for the link, Edd!

Tapi, macam yang dah pernah aku mention la, kalau Christian Bale berlakon cameo jadi orang melintas pun aku akan tengok jugak, hehe…

PS: NM, Batman beli rumah cash ok, tak main la mortgage2 ni.
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