FIRST LOOK: Sam Worthington in ‘Terminator Salvation’

March 02, 2009 | 10:12 p.m.

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Sam Worthington in 'Terminator Salvation'

What actor is poised for the biggest career surge in 2009? I wouldn’t bet against Chris Pine, who will be hitting warp speed after boldly taking on the role of James T. Kirk for the new "Star Trek" revival, but I also wouldn’t underestimate Sam Worthington, who (at least in the early footage I’ve seen) absolutely holds his own opposite the rasping intensity of Christian Bale in director McG’s "Terminator Salvation"  The 32-year-old Aussie is also the star of James Cameron’s "Avatar," which arrives in December, and follows it all up with the role of Perseus in "Clash of the Titans" next year.

In this exclusive shot above, you see Worthington as Marcus Wright during his intense riverbank confrontation with Bale’s John Connor. Wright’s last memory is being taken to a prison’s death row but years later, with the murderous machines of SkyNet wiping out the human race, he awakens alive but not sure how or why … or what exactly he has become.

– Geoff Boucher

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