It's funny how one little news item will sometimes lead to even bigger ones.
Case in point: The Hollywood Reporter informs us that Bryce Dallas Howard (who was utterly wasted as Gwen Stacey in Spider-Man 3) is being sought after to replace Charlotte Gainsbourg in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins for the role of Kate Connor - the wife of John Connor (i.e. Batman himself Christian Bale).
Filming has already started in New Mexico and Gainsbourg apparently had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts with a French comedy she'd previously committed to. Fair enough and that's certainly not uncommon in the film industry.
Later that afternoon, Aint-It-Cool-News' Moriarty posts one Helluva major spoiler via a contact of his:
"Alright so the main character is a cyborg named Marcus. For some background, Marcus was a criminal who was executed in 2003. He donated his body to Project Angel which was involved with SkyNet. They take his body and make a terminator out of him so he's a terminator skeleton but has living muscle/skin and a beating heart too. At the end of the movie John Connor is fighting a T800 model 101 and loses. He dies and the top resistance people come up with a plan to help the resistance keep fighting on. The resistance feels that it's important to keep the image or idea that John Connor is still alive so the resistance keeps going. So they rip off Marcus' skin and put John Connor's on the skeleton so now Marcus is John Connor."
Not too long later, CHUD's Devin Faraci helped clarify the matter saying:
I can't confirm that last part completely, but it gibes with everything I have heard from multiple sources. I wasn't sure if that aspect was changing after the writer's strike - Connor's role has been beefed up considerably since I first got my information - but assuming that Moriarty's source is talking about the latest drafts (and be aware that he could be talking about the same drafts I was talking about six or seven months ago, which may be very outdated at this point), this spoiler is right on the money.
And just a few minutes ago, guess who decides to add their $.02 into the matter? Why, the director of Terminator: Salvation: Mr. McG.
Posting on the film's official blog, the director says only this about the recent rumors:
"By the way, there are only three people who know the ending."
Even if it is true, do you think McG would just admit it? Of course not! He's going to lie like crazy - understandably, I might add!
Moriarty and Devin are two guys who definitely know their stuff. So I'm going to take their word on this. For more details and their opinions on all this, check out their stories below.