Helena Bonham Carter recently gave an interview to SciFi.com in which she talked just a teeny, tiny bit about the character she is playing in Terminator Salvation:
“I kind of play a baddie, definitely a baddie,” Bonham Carter said in an interview while promoting her new film, the comedy-drama Sixty Six. “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I’m a very bad person.”
Apparently the filmmakers had originally hired Tilda Swinton to play Bonham Carter’s character, but they had to replace her at the last minute — perhaps for the same reasons that they had to replace Charlotte Gainsbourg with Bryce Dallas Howard in the part of John Connor‘s wife.
So whoever, and whatever, this “baddie” might be, she is apparently supposed to be played by a British actress whose most successful movie to date is a children’s fantasy in which she played an evil sorceress (the White Witch for Swinton, Bellatrix Lestrange for Bonham Carter).
In other news, Pause.com spreads an interesting rumour:
I just got off the phone with a studio source who told me that Linda Hamilton has just signed on for (up to) a three-picture deal to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in flashbacks. This is excellent news for those of us who would have otherwise missed her girl-next-door-turned-badass presence in the next Terminator outing.
I’ve since spoken to a representative for Hamilton who claims that they haven’t heard about this, which obviously puts a damper on this story. The rep said “I can tell you that Linda is a big fan of T1 and T2 and would be very interested in hearing about participating in the new film” but beyond that claimed not to know anything about it. Sheesh. Sometimes I feel like Hollywood was built on smoke & mirrors.
Take this with the usual grains of salt. But if there is any truth to this rumour, it wouldn’t be the first time a dead character from one of the earlier Terminator films had come back for some sort of cameo; Kyle Reese, who died in the first film, appeared to Sarah Connor in a dream sequence in the extended version of the second film.
Me, I can’t decide if bringing Hamilton back is a good idea or not. On the plus side, none of the other actors from the first three films seem to be involved in this film, so for the sake of continuity, it might be good to bring someone back. But a part of me also thinks that, if they’re going to make a whole new “trilogy” to complement the first three films, then perhaps they should make as clean a break, or as clean a distinction, as possible.