As production geared up for the reboot of the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genesis, many fans wondered, and quite frankly worried, that the CGI’d Arnold Schwarzenegger style Terminator would be making a comeback. Now we’ve got word that body builder and trainer Aaron Williamson will also be playing a T-800 model.
Williamson posted an announcement on his Facebook page, which was later removed:
Thanks to an amazing team of people who help me get better each week, both physically & creatively, I’ll be playing a T-800 (Terminator) in the upcoming production ‘Terminator: Genesis’. I’m extremely grateful & motivated as this new chapter begins to take shape.
There was also this picture in the post, but it’s unclear if this is something official or just some fan style art:
For those of you unfamiliar with Williamson, which would be most of us, he’s a Marine Corps veteran, body builder/fitness trainer that has worked with the stars on such movies as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, G.I. Joe: Retaliation as well as quite a few television shows. Any worries that he won’t have that pumped up Terminator build should look at this:
Schwarzenegger made a comment to MTV earlier that adds some credit to the idea that Williamson will be playing an earlier model of the T-800:
Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him.
Even if Williamson does play an earlier version, he could still body double for Schwarzenegger, but Williamson isn’t talking specifics. He must have learned a thing or two since working on some of the tightest security sets like Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He did talk with The Terminator Fans.
I’m not really at liberty to discuss anything w/ regard to this part. My social media followers have been following my journey since I returned to the states from Iraq, which is why I shared that photo; my desire to overcome adversity has really moved people. Where I’m at in my life right now is destiny & it’s truly a blessing. I grew up as a skinny kid watching the original Terminator & was fascinated by Arnold which is the man who inspired my career in fitness. To be a part of this production is a dream come true & a very special moment for me.
Although he has worked on a number of sets, this will be one of the few times he will appear on camera with credit.
Director Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genesis is in production now, and is scheduled to hit theater screens July 1st, 2015.