Many speculated that Arnold Schwarzenegger was too old to reprise his title role as The Terminator in Terminator 5. It was reported that he may instead play a military officer whose likeness is used in creating the 850 series Model 101, also known as the T-805 and the T-101 (sometimes also refered too as the T-800), as seen in the original The Terminator and its sequels Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Terminator Salvation.
This doesn't seem to be the case, as Arnold Schwarzenegger himself has officially confirmed that he will be back in the role of The Terminator for this latest sequel.
"Well, I don't think there is one character (I can chose from) even with all my other movies...Like for instance, I'm getting the script in two weeks from now about the sequel to Twins, which will be called Triplets. So for me, that character was a fantastic character. So I can't say the Terminator character is more than this character or the Conan character I like less than the Terminator character or something like that. They are all great characters. Like I said, I was very fortunate to be able to play those kinds of characters who have an international appeal. To me, that's the most important thing.
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In fact, 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 and I'm also going to do King Conan, to play that role and also to do another Twins movie. So I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I'm looking forward to doing those films."
As previously reported, Terminator 5 will be the first of these three sequels to go into production, with Paramount Pictures recently securing the distribution rights to the franchise. No story details have been announced, and its unclear if there will be an explenation for Arnold Schwarzenegger's excellerated age as a cyborg, or if the production will utilize the same CGI and motion-capture effects it used in creating a young Jeff Bridges for Tron: Legacy.