According to an “exclusive” source of a WWE Examiner author, it seems that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may join the cast for the fifth installment of The Terminator franchise. The actor is rumored to be playing the villain in the upcoming film where he’ll star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man who became a household name after the first film was released in 1984.
In addition to the casting rumor, the article also claims to have learned some of the plot details for the film. If true, the time travel theme will used once again send a Terminator back to kill the parents of Sarah Connor, the mother of the man who eventually leads the human resistance to win the war against the machines.
A source close to the project says one idea being considered for the film could throw fans of the Terminator franchise for a loop. According to the scenario outlined, T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor’s parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor.
Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.
The rumor comes just days after Schwarzenegger formally announced that Terminator 5 will begin filming in January 2014. The actor confirmed the news while speaking at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit seminar in Australia where he stated, “I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star AS the Terminator, which we start shooting in January.”
Annapurna Pictures currently hold the rights for the franchise which has writers Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis currently working on the script.