Arnold Schwarzenegger will return for yet another Terminator movie but his role in the upcoming James Cameron production may leave fans a little uneasy.
Fans are already pretty apprehensive about the idea of another movie in franchise following 2015’s poorly-received Terminator Genisys, despite the news James Cameron would be returning with a new trilogy.
There had been question marks over whether Schwarzenegger would be returning for another outing as the T-800, however, the 70-year-old actor confirmed he would be returning during an interview with Playlist. “In March next year, I am shooting Terminator 6. James Cameron and [producer] David Ellison are back on board,” he said.
However, in a surprise twist, it’s been revealed by Cameron that Schwarzenegger may not be playing the more familiar role of the T-800 robot sent back to protect the franchise’s human protagonists – and he won’t be playing a villainous robot either.
In a recent Q&A with The Arnold Fans website, Cameron revealed the veteran star will probably play the human the T-800’s appearance is based on.
Cameron said: “Yeah, you got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold?’ There has to be a reason.
“So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype.
“There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from – that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point.”
He added: “Now, the question is, did that person have some sort of meaning to Skynet on why they chose that one [Arnold]?
“Or was it like a whole rack of Terminators and the one that happened to be the Arnold model just happened to be closest to the door going out to the time displacement centre and all the others looked different?
“I’ve asked myself these questions but it’s never been resolved…so stay tuned!”
The plans are likely to leave fans divided. After all, a similar storyline was originally part of Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines before eventually ending up on the cutting room floor.
In the cut scene, which is available to view on YouTube, it is revealed that the robot’s appearance is based on a soldier named Sergeant Candy, played by Schwarzenegger with a thick Texan accent dubbed over his ordinary Austrian one.
When a Skynet boss complains about the accent, another employee, voiced by Arnie, tells him it can be fixed. The scene has gone down in Terminator folklore as one of the franchise’s undoubted low points – and there have been plenty.
But if anyone can pull off this kind of origins story, it’s James Cameron, right?