A 1950s-Set Terminator 5 … with Dwayne The Rock Johnson as the Terminator?

Dwayne Johnson

That’s the going rumor these days.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has already said that he plans to return in “Terminator 5″, though in what capacity remains to be seen. (Is it a big role, like the first three movies, or a minor role, like in “Terminator Salvation”?) According to one rumor, it might be more of the former than the latter.

WWE Examiner (via Huffpo) is quoting unnamed sources as saying that the Powers That Be would very much like Schwarzenegger to return to the franchise … and not to play the Terminator. In fact, according to the site, the producers would love for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is currently doing gangbusters at the box office (with “Fast and Furious 6″ and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” under his belt) to play the Terminator that goes up against Arnold’s human character.

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.

That … could actually work. Given the time period, it would be a snap to make Arnold’s character some kind of WWII hero, which would explain his ability to kick ass.

I gotta say, something like this could work. Arnold is way too old to still be playing an unstoppable robot from the future. As a very human, well, human that ages, it would make sense. IF this turns out to be true, that is.

Production on “Terminator 5″, according to Arnold himself, is expected to commence early next year.

Dwayne Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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