I was not surprised and I am sure a lot of people were not as well to see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to acting once his political career came to an end. However the big surprise am sure is having him take up once again the role of a T-800 Terminator.
Schwarzenegger is set to start filming Terminator 5 in January or February next year. Very little is known about the movie yet, and rumors he would be playing a human in it have turned out to be false. But at 65 years of age the story either needs to paint a different picture of the form a T-800 can take, or they need some very good make-up artists working on set every day.
Terminator Salvation, released in 2009, was originally meant to be the start of a new trilogy of movies. However, legal problems and the financial problems faced by Terminator rights holders The Halcyon Company, meant that hasn’t happened. Since then, Annapruna Pictures has acquired the rights to Terminator and two films are planned. The first will starr Schwarzenegger and be called Terminator 5, but he won’t play the lead role. Instead a younger actor, whose identity is currently unknown, will be the lead.
At 65, this must surely be the last time that Arnie plays a T-800 and I hope that unlike Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, it’s actually a great movie that sees him bow out in style. If two movies are planned, then it really has to be a hit to help reboot the franchise and get people excited about wanting to watch the next one.