‘Hunger Games’ Actor To Play Miles Dyson’s Son in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

By March 28, 2014

A couple of days ago, I wrote about how Arnold Schwarzenegger recently explained how he’ll still be able to play the Terminator in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis even though he’s 66 years old. In that piece, I mentioned that a reporter from THR mentioned that Attack the Block star John Boyega (who played Moses in that film, and once again – if you haven’t seen that film, stop everything and watch it immediately) was up for the role of the son of Miles Dyson. Dyson was the man who created what would eventually become Skynet in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and his family appeared briefly in that film when Sarah Connor nearly blew them away in her attempt to stop the machines from taking over.

Now Variety says that The Hunger Games actor Dayo Okeniyi (above), who played Thresh in the first film in that franchise, has actually been cast as Dyson’s son. To be honest, I only saw The Hunger Games one time and Okeniyi didn’t leave much of an impact on me (there were so many tributes, you guys), but he also played Marcus (Brie Larson’s new boyfriend) in The Spectacular Now, and I thought he did a lot with a small role in that excellent indie. It’ll be cool to see how Dyson’s son plays into the first entry in this new Terminator trilogy, because for as convoluted as it is, I still really love the time travel elements of this series and I think it’s about to get a lot more complex with J.K. Simmons’ character this time around.

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But this announcement might have more interesting implications for another franchise entirely. Boyega (pictured above) is also one of the actors that J.J. Abrams has narrowed down as potential stars in Star Wars: Episode VII, so does the fact that he didn’t get the Terminator role mean that he’s been cast in a galaxy far, far away? Considering Star Wars is set to start filming in a few weeks, I’m guessing we’re going to (finally) hear something official about that soon.

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