The latest issue of EW magazine boasts a cover story about the sequel reboot Terminator: Genisys. The publication offers two collectible magazine covers featuring the principal human characters in the film.
Jai Courtney has won the role of Kyle Reese. The Good Day to Die Hard star beat out Boyd Holbrook his nearest competitor who is to have tested twice--while Sam Reid, Wilson Bethel, and newcomer, Thomas Cocquerel were also contenders for the role of Reese. All 5 actors tested for the role last month. Seemingly, both Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund were studio favorites but have declined to enter negotiations for the role.
Australian actor Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty," "White House Down") is set to play the role of John Connor in the upcoming reboot. Hedlund Tom Hardy and ironically Holbrook ("The Host") were said to be up for John as well. Emilia Clarke is set to play a young Sarah Connor in the film. She beat out Brie Larson for the role. Former "Spider-Man" scene stealer J.K. Simmons
will play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre
case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades
starting in 1984 and the events depicted in The Terminator. Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) has signed on to play the part of Danny Dyson--the son of Miles Dyson, played by Joe Morton in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" who designed the neural-net processor that would lead to the creation of Skynet.
The final major piece of casting--Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith's role is said to have a strong connection to John Connor, and will grow in the second and third films.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will return while cohorts Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn have been rumored to be involved as well.
Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt co-star. Lee's role, "promises to be a doozy." Bodybuilder and actor Aaron V. Williamson has reportedly signed on to play a younger T-800
The EW article confirms the various reports about how the film intends to turn established mythology on its ear.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD:
"Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator—an older T-800 she calls "Pops"—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who's great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion."
Producer Megan Ellison adds: "Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen. But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction."
The result is the first of a proposed new trilogy that will diverge from the established timeline of the previous films. Yet, certain key moments from the franchise will be featured but in a very different way.
The film starts out in 2029 with the war against Skynet raging. Like the James Cameron's first film, John sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to save his mother Sarah from the Terminator before she gives birth to John. That's when he finds this new Sarah.
Drew McWeeney at Hitfix
discusses the time travel component of the new film and revealed that
this new Terminator overlaps with events in the original 1984 classic
ala "Back to the Future".
In one scene we see Arnie's older "Terminator" walking into one of the
iconic early scenes from the first film after his younger counterpart
Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier wrote the script from which "Thor: The Dark World" director Alan Taylor called action. Clarke has experience working with Taylor on the cable drama "Game of Thrones". She also has a six degrees connection to the franchise: Clarke's Thrones co-star Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the TV series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles".
David Ellison's going to produce the film that is set to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.