Nope, Gov. Arnold hasn’t signed up to reprise the role of Mr. Freeze in the next Batman film (thank goodness) … instead, Variety confirms rumors that Christian Bale will play John Connor in the next Terminator film, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins:
Bale will play Connor, now in his 30s, in the fourth installment of the “Terminator” franchise, to be set in the future. McG is directing the project, skedded for an April start in Budapest.
Bale has been rumored to be involved in the project for weeks, but there had been conflicting reports about his role.
Producers intend the project to be the first in a trilogy reinventing the franchise. It’s not clear whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear in it. The Terminator role made him into a star, but he’s now busy running the state of California; his role in “T3″ was his last.
Bale’s a good actor, but like many movie franchises, Terminator is one that really should have called it quits after the second one.