The news for Terminator 4 just seems to be getting worse and worse. Just yesterday we posted about how it looks like McG may end up being the director for the film… now comes word that Mr. Fast and Furious may indeed be picking up the Arnie mantle and taking the lead in the film… yup… word right now is that Vin Diesel is in talks to be the next terminator. The folks at RopeofSilicon give us this:
(The movie will) center on the fate of the Earth following the war of the machines as John Connor conducts his resistance. Now, today, we learn who may become our very first human simulated time traveling killing machine. Ain’t It Cool News the man that may be skinning up the metal is none other than Vin Diesel.
I swear, if it was even close to April 1st right now I wouldn’t believe this story for a moment. But what can you say? Diesel has a career that has sputtered to say the least in the last few years… it already looks like he’s going back to the well with Fast and Furious (which he refused to do before, apparently because it was beneath him… guess it’s not beneath him anymore) and now the Terminator?
To me this would seem like very strange casting. You can cast “names” in any other role… but for the Terminator, a franchise that is so associated with its former star (Arnie), I think it would be a much better move to go with a less conspicuous actor than someone like Vin Diesel. Just my two cents worth.
What do you think about this? Do you think Diesel would make a good terminator or do you think this would be a mistake?