The search has been on to cast Sarah Connor in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, and recently the possible actresses to play the role were down to just Emilia Clarke (above, Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs The World). Now Deadline reports that Clarke has bagged the role after she and Larson tested for the producers at David Ellison’s Skydance and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna, and Paramount, which will release the film in July 2015.
It’s official. Emilia Clarke will play Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot, re-teaming with director Alan Taylor, who has worked with Clarke in the HBO series Game Of Thrones. Clarke joins Jason Clarke, who is in negotiations to play her son John Connor in a storyline I’ve heard involved a trip into the future. Deadline revealed that he was in talks earlier this week. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back in his signature cyborg role.
Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Boyd Holbrook (The Host) have been rumoured to play Kyle Reese (the role played by the brilliant Michael Biehn in James Cameron’s 1984 original)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return as “a Terminator robot in a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up.”
Terminator: Genesis is being spearheaded by Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, who is teamed with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna in the effort. Paramount has signed on to distribute, and has set a July 1, 2015 release date. Annapurna purchased the rights for over $20 million and the expectation is that they will be able to make at least two films before certain copyrights revert back to the property’s creator, James Cameron. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier wrote the script.