Today Warner Bros sent out a usual press release to announce the start of production on a film, but this one’s a little more interesting because it sheds some light on just what Terminator 4 is all about.

We’ve been bringing you info on this film for a while now, thanks to some terrific insider sources, and we’ve broken some exciting aspects of the story, including the existence of the new character Marcus. Some of our info, though, seems to have become outdated in the months since we got it, especially in regards to the character of John Connor. The script that existed when Christian Bale signed on had a very small amount of John Connor, but that seems to have changed in a big way, according to this synopsis:

In the highly anticipated new installment of “The Terminator” film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

The film also stars Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Kate Connor, Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams, Common as Barnes, and Jadagrace as Star.

Terminator 4 (still called Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Ugh) is filming now in Albuquerque. I’m actually heading to Albuquerque with Warner Bros in two weeks (my second trip to New Mexico in a month!)… but not for this film. Hey guys, you should let us swing by!