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Hey, if you had to battle a robot uprising that threatens the very existence of mankind, having two superheroes in your corner ain’t such a bad deal. With Chris Hemsworth (Thor himself) previously offered the male lead in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming war-against-the-machines movie “Robopocalypse” (there is still no word if he’s accepted, though), the latest on the “Terminator”-esque movie has Anne Hathaway, last seen saving Batman’s ass in “The Dark Knight Rises”, “circling” the project.
The news of Hathaway’s possible involvement comes in this THR article that spends most of its time talking about how former Fox chief Tom Rothman is in talks to produce, with Hathaway’s name thrown in there almost as an afterthought. I guess THR thinks yet another producer on a Steven Spielberg movie is more important than the woman who will play the female lead. To each his own, I suppose.
“Robopocalypse” will be based on the novel by Daniel H. Wilson, about sentient machines that one day decide to rise up against their human masters, setting off, essentially, a metal holocaust, complete with work camps, extermination crews, and all World War II stuff. Out of the ashes, a small band of survivors, including a group led by Chris Hemsworth (if he says Yes), fights back for their very survival.
The book takes a global view of the uprising, with lots of characters. There are a couple of important female role in the film — a U.S. Senator and a soldier who fights alongside the male lead (presumably Hemsworth). Hathaway could end up playing either one. I think she’s proven that she has range to spare.
As far as sci-fi action books go, “Robopocalypse” is a fast read and has some interesting concepts, but honestly, it’s essentially “The Terminator” with meaner robots. I’m frankly surprised Spielberg agreed to direct something that is so been-there, done-that, but maybe he has something up his sleeve. After all, he is Steven Friggin Spielberg.