Joining Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, is Australian actor Sam Worthington. according to Variety. Sam nearly got the lead in GI Joe but had to pull out due to filming commitments for James Cameron’s Avatar. He seems to be an actor to watch out for over the upcoming years so make a mental note of his name and face.
The fact the Australian actor just played the lead in the James Cameron-directed “Avatar” is no coincidence. Cameron recommended Worthington to “Terminator Salvation” director McG, indicating that the director of the first two “Terminator” installments might be warming to the new pic.
While the “Terminator Salvation” plot has twists and turns that are being kept under tight wraps, Worthington will play the role of Marcus, a central figure in a three-picture arc that begins after Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust. A group of survivors led by John Connor (Christian Bale) struggles to keep the machines from finishing the job.
Sources said McG spoke on the phone recently with Cameron, who is in New Zealand working on “Avatar.” It was during that chat that he recommended Worthington, who in “Avatar” plays a paraplegic war veteran from Earth who’s brought to another planet inhabited by a race of humanoids at odds with Earth’s inhabitants.
Its rather cool that Cameron himself recommended Worthington but it’s was a shame that they took Cameron’s films and after a huge battle over the rights, and made T3. Cameron wanted the films to end after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. But now we are getting a whole new trilogy we might as well look forward to it. The director may not be who I’d chose to make a futuristic robot battle movie but I suppose it could be worse. The film has Christian Bale, who wouldn’t have gone with the role of John Conner if the script wasn’t up to par.
Now that the writers strike is officially over, the script will go through a re-write and filming should begin soon after.