Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke (White House Down, Lawless, The Great Gatsby) is reportedly in talks to join Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, as John Connor. Deadline broke the news earlier today saying:
Jason Clarke is in early talks to play the role of John Connor, the leader of the rebellion against the Skynet artificial intelligence system bent on wiping out the human race.
This news comes after a week of updates on the fifth Terminator film which have included the films new title. Terminator: Genesis, plus news the Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Scott Pilgrim vs The World’s Brie Larson, are both front runners for the role of Sarah Connor.
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.