Emilia Clarke Wins Sarah Connor Role in New ‘Terminator’

By December 16, 2013

Emilia Clarke

If actress Emilia Clarke is attempting to position herself as Hollywood’s newest action star, she’s picked a hell of a pair of roles to prove that.

Deadline reports that the Game of Thrones star (she plays a little someone you might know as “Mother of Dragons,” or Khaleesi, or just plain old Daenerys Targaryen, who couldn’t be plain if she tried) has now signed on to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot. The Connor role was, of course, originated by Linda Hamilton in the original films, and was also played by Clarke’s GoT co-star Lena Headey in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

The role will be a reunion of sorts, as the film is set to be helmed by director Alan Taylor, who has directed a number of GoT episodes (he also directed a hefty number of episodes of The Sopranos, and recently made the jump to the big screen with Thor 2).


While the exact plot of the new film has been kept under wraps, the recent reveal that Jason Clarke (and we’ll get this out of way just this once – no relation) is in negotiations to play her son John Connor in the film undeniably signals that there will be at least some kind of time travel element. (Emilia is 26, while Jason is 44, so you do the math). Arnold Schwarzenegger will also return as the titular terminator.

Rumors persist that the casting came down to just Clarke and fellow rising starlet Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), with Clarke emerging as the winner.

The new Terminator film will arrive in July of 2015.

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