Anton Yelchin, who recently finished work playing Star Trek’s new Chekov, may be stepping in to another famous role in another sci-fi franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter the 19 year-old actor is “in negotiations” to star as Kyle Reese alongside Christian Bale in the post-apocalyptic Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the fourth film in the Terminator series.
Yelchin is slated to play a teen version of Reese, who (as depicted in the first Terminator film) grows up to travel back in time and hook up with Sarah Connor…creating John Connor…who grows up to save the world from the evil Skynet. Christian Bale has already been cast as John Conner. The film is set after the events of Terminator 3 and focuses on the post-apocalypse war between humanity and the AI-gone-power-mad Skynet. THR also offers some new plot info on the film:
Reese, one of the children who survived a machine-driven nuclear holocaust, befriends Marcus (Sam Worthington), an early edition of the Terminator cyborg played in previous films by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Production for the film which may get retitled is scheduled to start this May. Terminator 4 (or whatever it ends up being called) is set to be released May 22, 2009 (just two weeks after Star Trek). The new film is actually the first of a planned three film arc. It isn’t known when in the arc Kyle Reese gets naked and goes back in time, but Yelchin could see himself bouncing back and forth between Trek and Terminator films for years to come.
Kyle Reese was originally played by Michael Biehn in the 1984 film The Terminator. The role was actually recently ‘recast’ as well for the the FOX TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Jonathan Jackson played Kyle in the episode “Dungeons & Dragons.”
Biehn and Jackson…previous Kyle Reeses