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 CHUD.com 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.
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.