J.K. Simmons Will Investigate the Case in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

By March 14, 2014

Not much about the planned Terminator remake, Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, has proven to be especially inspiring as of late. Sure, the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return as the titular Terminator is cool, but Taylor is still a newbie tentpole director (Thor 2 was certainly fine enough, but it’s nothing to get too excited about), and the rest of the cast – Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney – are similarly unproven. And a reboot? Really?

Yet this week’s news that J.K. Simmons has joined the project in a role that could have some very cool repercussions is exciting enough to make Terminator: Genesis suddenly sound exciting.

THR reports that the charmingly gruff Simmons is in negotiations to join the project as “a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released).” That little tidbit – that he’s been following the case for the entire time it’s existed – is heartening, as it signals that this “reboot” will contribute more to the overall Terminator mythos than the word might otherwise indicate.


Moreover, the outlet clarifies more about the “reboot” portion of “Terminator reboot,” sharing that the film “will thread together multiple ideas from the previous movies as it relaunches the story of a cyborg from a future where computers gained intelligence and waged war against mankind.”

Emilia Clarke is set to play Sarah Connor, with Jason Clarke on board as her son John Connor and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese. The film is set to start shooting sometime this spring. Excited to have Simmons on board? Let us know below.

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  • I’m intrigued. I love the Terminator mythos, and I kinda dig the idea of one guy tracking all these adventures through various timelines. Simmons could bring some gravitas to the part, but I’d kinda love to see him play it totally bonkers, too.