Bonham Carter joins the "Terminator" cast

Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:01pm EDT
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By Steven Zeitchik

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Helena Bonham Carter could soon be joining the battle between man and cyborg.

The British actress is in talks to board "Terminator Salvation," the fourth installment in the franchise kicked off by James Cameron in 1984. Roles in the new film have been kept under wraps, but insiders described the Bonham Carter role as small but pivotal.

Principal photography on the movie, which looks at the origins of the battle between humans and Skynet, started last month in New Mexico, with the idea that most exteriors would be shot before a potential actors strike. Warner Bros. is scheduled to release the action film in May. It comes from "Charlie's Angels" director Joseph "McG" Nichol.

The addition of Bonham Carter -- who received an Oscar nomination for 1998's "The Wings of the Dove" -- would bring a prestige element to a big summer crowd-pleaser.

"Salvation," however, wouldn't be the first event movie she has recently been in. Bonham Carter starred as Bellatrix Lestrange in Warners' 2007 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and is set to reprise that role in the franchise's next two films. She was in theaters last year with "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

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<p>Helena Bonham Carter poses for photographers at the premiere of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" in London January 10, 2008. REUTERS/Anthony Harvey</p>