More alleged details re: Terminator 4

Three months ago, producer James Middleton said the next Terminator movie would feature a new main character, and John Connor would be somewhere off to the side, “influencing” the new main character in much the same way that Jesus “influenced” the title character in Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Then, two weeks ago, producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek seemed to scuttle that idea when they said that John Connor is a “very central character throughout the next trilogy” who will “lead our franchise forward.”

Today, however, Devin Faraci at says it looks like John Connor, despite being played by Christian Bale, really will be a minor character — at least in this particular film, which is titled Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.

Faraci says the main character in this next film will be a character named Marcus … and he passes on a lot of other details, too, so if you don’t want to know any potential spoilers, do not go to and do not read what Faraci has to say.

I will say, however, that the movie is reportedly set circa 2015 — which fits, since Bale is in his early 30s, and John Connor was born in 1985 — and since the movie deals with an earlier stage of the war against the machines, it looks like the humans might be fighting some of those earlier Terminator models that we heard about in the first film, i.e. the rubber-skinned ones.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).