Howard salvation for future

She'll replace Gainsbourg in latest 'Terminator' sequel by McG

Bryce Dallas Howard is in negotiations to replace Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins."

Gainsbourg was set to play Kate Connor, the wife of human resistance hero John Connor, played by Christian Bale. The actress had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts with another film, a French comedy. Production on "Terminator," directed by McG, already is under way in New Mexico. If an actors strike were to happen, shooting would stop and then restart at a later date, potentially butting heads with the French film.

Gainsbourg, last seen in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," is repped by UTA and One Entertainment.

Howard last starred as Gwen Stacy in "Spider-Man 3" and next stars in the "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," based on a long-forgotten screenplay by Tennessee Williams. She is repped by ICM and Management 360.

Gregg Goldstein reported from Paris; Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles.