Action star-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be reprising his famous role as the Terminator in the forthcoming movie sequel--he has been replaced by young Australian actor Sam Worthington.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the fourth film in the hit franchise, is due to start shooting in April in New Mexico and is scheduled to hit theaters in 2009.
Titanic director James Cameron was in charge of the first two Terminator films and is reported to have recommended Worthington to new director Joseph McGinty Nichol after working with the actor on forthcoming movie Avatar, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Worthington will be joined in the futuristic action feature by Batman Begins star Christian Bale.
Schwarzenegger starred in all three previous installments before turning his attention to politics in 2003.
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Looks like the on-again, off-again "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is finally ready to get it on.
Daily Variety reports that Johnny Depp is in final talks to star in the project, which is a biopic based on the autobiography of Chuck Barris, aka "The Gong Show" host, who says that he also worked for the CIA.
Adding more weight to the offbeat film would be George Clooney, who might join Depp in a co-starring role as a CIA recruiting agent.
The project will be directed by "X-Men's" Bryant Singer and is written by "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman.
GETTING THE 'JOB' DONE: Kevin Costner will reunite with "Bull Durham" and "Tin Cup" helmer Ron Shelton in the action thriller "Two Guys on the Job," Variety says.
The story is about two San Francisco cops who begin as partners but eventually become bitter enemies.
Costner will play one of the cops, and another 40ish actor will soon be cast for the other part.
GOING RINGSIDE: The "Ali" biopic cast keeps on growing and growing and growing. The latest to get enlisted to the Michael Mann project is Jon Voight, who'll play the late boxing commentator Howard Cosell. The actor will join a group of talents that includes Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson and Ron Silver.
G MONEY: "Charlie's Angels" helmer McG is developing a new action flick called "Airshow," which follows two elite fighter pilots from the Persian Gulf War, Variety says.
Also in the works for McG, aka Joseph McGinty Nichol, will be the "Charlie's Angels" sequel and the military thriller "Dreadnaught."
Girls ruled again as "Charlie's Angels" held on to the top spot at the weekend box office for a second consecutive week, defeating the likes of Adam Sandler, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Val Kilmer.
"Charlie’s Angels," starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu and directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol (aka McG), took in an estimated $25 million, according to estimates by Exhibitor Relations.
Adam Sandler’s devil of a new comedy "Little Nicky" bowed at No. 2 with $18.6 million, and the U.S. Navy drama "Men of Honor" starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro grabbed the No. 3 spot with an estimated $14 million.
Showing little sign of weakening, "Meet the Parents" took in another $10.59 million over the weekend, bringing its grand total to $130.3 million.
Another debut, "Red Planet" starring Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore, grabbed $9.01 million to take the fifth spot.
In other Top 10 action: Robert Redford’s "The Legend of Bagger Vance" starring Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron plummeted in its second week, taking in a paltry $6.64 million for sixth place; and "Billy Elliot," the indie flick about a boy fond of ballet, landed in the Top 10 for the first time at No. 9 with $2.78 million.
Here’s the weekend’s Top 10 films (final figures will be released Monday):
1. "Charlie’s Angels," $25 million ($75.4 million total) 2. "Little Nicky," $18.6 million (new) 3. "Men of Honor," $14 million (new) 4. "Meet the Parents," $10.59 million ($130.3 million total) 5. "Red Planet," $9.01 million (new) 6. "The Legend of Bagger Vance," $6.64 million ($21.2 million total) 7. "Remember the Titans," $5.51 million ($104.1 million total) 8. "Pay It Forward," $3.08 million ($29.4 million total) 9. "Billy Elliot," $2.78 million ($6 million total) 10. "Bedazzled," $2.5 million ($34.6 million total)