A new Terminator film has been in the works for a while now, and it’s finally starting to come together. We know it’s called Terminator: Genesis, Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back as a (the?) Terminator, Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor will direct, “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke will play Sarah Connor, and Jason Clarke has been cast as human resistance leader John Connor. Now Variety reports another major casting decision has been made for the upcoming film: Jai Courtney, who recently starred in A Good Day to Die Hard, will play Kyle Reese.
In James Cameron’s original Terminator film, Reese (Michael Biehn) was sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) from a cybernetic organism programmed to murder her so her son wouldn’t grow up to lead the revolution against Skynet, the sentient organization of machines who have taken over the world. Paradoxically, Reese becomes the father of John Connor, and the resulting sequels and spinoff TV series have proven to be one of the most complicated pieces of time travel fiction to hit the mainstream consciousness.
This reboot is intended to be the first movie in a standalone trilogy, but the plot is being kept under wraps.
Courtney, who next appears in the sci-fi franchise starter Divergent, played a sniper in the Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher before playing John McClane’s son in A Good Day to Die Hard, one of the most dismal action movies of the past decade. That movie had way more problems than just Courtney – directing, editing, script, you name it – but the young actor didn’t exactly stand out as a bright spot in an otherwise terrible feature. I’m not sold on Courtney as an action star – there are folks comparing him to Sam Worthington, another fairly bland actor who Hollywood tried to “make happen” a few years ago (and who coincidentally starred in the godawful Terminator Salvation) – but I’m also still willing to give a chance to prove himself with this film. As of now, Courtney is the only part of Terminator: Genesis I’m not really thrilled about, so I look forward to him proving me wrong when the movie comes out next year.
Terminator: Genesis is set to hit theaters on July 1st, 2015.
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