Sam Worthington has joined the cast of McG's Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (preferably called just Terminator 4).
The Australian actor will play a mysterious character named Marcus who is apparently the lead character in the film, despite John Connor being played by Christian Bale this time around.
Marcus is supposed to be a "badass" who was put "out of commission" before Judgement Day. He then wakes up fifteen years before the future war that we have seen in the previous Terminator films.
Worthington apparently got the role after McG spoke with James Cameron, who recommended the young actor following his work on Cameron's Avatar. If you don't know, Cameron directed the first two Terminator films, as well as a little-seen film called Titanic.
I don't know how to react to this news... I think it's pretty unexciting. I mean, he's an okay actor, and the cast for this new Terminator film seems to be better than expected, but we don't really know the context of his casting. Marcus may be a "badass" but what exactly is his role in the film?
Besides, lets face it - we all want to know who will be playing the Terminator... the Terminator is after all the title character!
McG was quoted last week as saying that he'd like someone like Russell Crowe or Josh Brolin to play a Terminator, but this all seems like dream casting that probably won't materialize. I'm going to keep an open mind until we get an actor cool enough to step into Arnold Schwarzenegger's leathers.
One thing is for sure, McG is making some interesting casting choices on this film. Also, it's good news that he's talking to James Cameron about this latest addition to the franchise. Then again, when Schwarzenegger asked Cameron for advice on Terminator 3, what he got from Cameron was "make sure your paycheck has a three on the front of it."
Sound advice, if you think about it!
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins is scheduled for release in 2009.