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Dwayne 'Legally Prohibited From Being Called The Rock' Johnson In 'Terminator 5'?

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Dwayne "No Longer Merely The Rock" Johnson has a history of entering already established franchises late in the game: He joined the "Fast and the Furious" movies 5 sequels in and signed up for "G.I. Joe" on its return to duty (hell, he was even in the sequel to the forgettable "Journey to the Center of the Earth" that starred Brendan Fraser and his questionable hair piece). This streak might continue if the rumors circulating are true and he becomes a part of the new "Terminator" movie that Megan Ellison is producing for Paramount.

According to reports in the newsmagazine-ish WWE Examiner, Johnson, who starred in one of every three movies released in the 2013 calendar year, is being courted to appear in the next "Terminator" movie, which "The Master" producer Ellison has set up at Paramount. This makes perfect sense, considering Johnson and original "Terminator" star Arnold Schwarzenegger (who is supposedly returning) have a history. Back when Johnson was just starting out in the movies, he did an unfairly overlooked action pic called "The Rundown." In an early scene Johnson passes Schwarzenegger in a crowded club and Schwarzenegger says, "Good luck." Many saw this as the metaphoric passing of the torch from one action hero to the next. It would be pretty cool if they got to finally work together for reals, especially in a new "Terminator" movie.

What's more is that the same report suggests that the script, co-written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, is set in the 1940s and '50s and focuses on Sarah Connor's parents, who have now become targets for the murderous, time-traveling androids. This idea strikes us as really cool. Period sci-fi movies are almost always bad ass and this adds some interesting mythology to the pre-established franchise. It also does away with whatever awfulness was perpetrated in "Terminator Salvation," the less we talk about the better.

Schwarzenegger has suggested an early 2014 filming date, which could put this new "Terminator" out in 2015, hopefully with Johnson in a crucial role. Because if there's anybody that you can believe can take out a villainous time-traveling android, it's him.

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