Now that we know a fourth Terminator film is definitely in the works, and Christian Bale has signed on to star as John Connor, the speculation has turned to the role of the next Terminator. Since Arnold Schwarzenegger is not involved, they may actually need to cast two Terminators (both good and bad), depending on how the story works out. Director McG recently stated that Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (I still hate that title) will take place “post-Judgment day” in the year 2019. When pressed on who his “dream Terminator” would be, McG threw out Russell Crowe and Eric Bana as possibilities before adding, “I don’t know if they’re exactly right at the end of the day. (Smiles) Josh Brolin is a very exciting actor – we’ll see.”
Wow, Josh Brolin… I never would have considered him, but that’s an interesting idea. He turned in a handful of amazing performances this year in Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men and American Gangster, and he could probably be terrifying if he needed to be (although, to be fair, if you were going to cast anyone from No Country for Old Men, I think Javier Bardem fits the bill even more). In fact, the pair of Brolin and Bale might just be enough to get me interested in this movie again. If you have any doubts whether or not someone can replace Arnold as the ultimate killing machine, just think back to Terminator 2 and how good Robert Patrick was as the T-1000. What do you say… is Brolin the right man for the job? Who would you like to see as the next Terminator?