While Arnold Schwarzenegger himself was recently quoted as saying he'll be playing a Terminator in the new Terminator film, I think many of us considered what that would mean for the look of the character, or what FX work would be necessary to keep Arnie appearing young and tight.
Perhaps it was a misquote? Always a possibility.
Still, a contrary idea has come up courtesy of WWE Examiner. They propose a plot outline that would see Schwarzenegger playing a human.
T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor's parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor.
Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger's remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today's standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.
The article is pretty unclear, or not really being straight about what this outline is. Is this something their secret source knows about? Is it speculation on the part of the source? Is it their own speculation? It's foggy. I think it's mainly sloppy writing but there could be some bet-hedging going on.
WWE Examiner do plant a flag more proudly in their other claim, saying:
We're told the script is now being developed and with one fellow action movie star in mind for the role of T5's most sinister machine. A source close to Annapurna Films exclusively tells WWE Examiner Friday morning that one version of the script is being produced specifically for The Rock himself.
Not just any Rock, The Rock. The "Dwayne Johnson" Rock. As a "sinister machine."
I'm not sure how credible any of this is, but it's a talking point, and I expect folk will have it in our forum, on Facebook, across Twitter.
Personally, I think the idea of a period setting is a nice twist and will at least set this episode apart from the pack. Having said that, Aint It Cool might be making a key point when they say:
Would [the filmmakers] really take a chance on a 40's or 50's setting for what is sure to be a summer blockbuster?
Yeah, maybe audiences really are super unimaginative, and perhaps Paramount and Annapurna Pictures realise this.
With Terminator 5 expected to start shooting at the start of next year I expect we'll be hearing a lot more soon.