Jai Courtney Is Kyle Reese in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

Jai Courtney

Briefly: It was a long, hard-fought battle, but the star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day To Die Hard has emerged victorious. Now he just has to fight a bunch of killer robots.

Jai Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genesis, a 2015 reboot of James Cameron’s blockbuster franchise. (It’s the role made famous by Michael Biehn in Cameron’s original.) He’ll join Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the killing machine, Jason Clarke as his son John Connor, and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, who Reese is sent into the past to protect. If you want to know if the plot details this time around are all the same as in Cameron’s first film, address questions to Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, who wrote the script. [Variety]

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Briefly: Most of the lead roles in Terminator: Genesis have been filled. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the lead cyborg, Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke is John Connor and Alan Taylor is directing. That leaves one final piece to the puzzle, John Connor’s dad Kyle Reese, and reportedly it’s down to two actors: Boyd Holbrook, recently seen in Out of the Furnace and The Host, or Jai Courtney, star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard. Rumor has it Holbrook is in the driver’s seat, but it’s still a close race. We should hear final casting soon, as the film is scheduled for release July 1, 2015. [Deadline and THR]

Divergent

Lionsgate is feeling so optimistic about Divergent becoming the next big thing that they’re hitting the ground running with the sequel, Insurgent. Akiva Goldsman is working on the script as we speak, and now the production company confirms that shooting is scheduled to begin this spring.

But before we get there, they still have to open the first movie. The studio has just released a new full-length trailer for the original Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley as a brave young heroine in dystopian Chicago. Watch it after the jump.

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Jai Courtney

Alan Taylor‘s 2015 Terminator film, Terminator: Genesis, continues to follow the playbook James Cameron created two decades ago. It has Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, Sarah Connor played by Emila Clarke, and her son John Connor played by Jason Clarke. Now Taylor and the producers are casting Sarah’s love interest/John’s father, Kyle Reese. At least five actors are reportedly testing for the role next week, among them Boyd Holbrook (The Host), Thomas Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Sam Reid (Anonymous) and Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard). Read More »

Now that a director’s been locked in for Episode VII, the big question is who’ll get to star in it. And that’s what today’s Star Wars Bits is all about. After the jump:

  • Disney CEO confirms the original trio is in talks to return
  • Billy Dee Williams has also been asked to come back
  • Warwick Davis is “definitely” looking to do more Star Wars
  • New details revealed for Star Wars: First Assault game
  • Eli Roth, JGL, Mila KunisStanley Tucci and more weigh in

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In the event this discussion of Bruce Willis‘ fifth outing as John McLane trails off after a couple paragraphs, let me offer a pre-emptive excuse: that might be the purest way to reflect the prime characteristics of A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis gives a detached, disinterested performance in the series’ fifth film, and the movie skips from scene to scene as if being played from a DVD dragged across gravel.

A Good Day to Die Hard is a sketch of a movie, and a bare outline of a Die Hard film. It feels small, constrained, even cheap. Its closest kin are Luc Besson’s Euro-quickies, rather than John McTiernan’s densely-choreographed, gorgeously anamorphic franchise installments. If there’s praise to bestow, it goes to Fox’s marketing department for making this dead-eyed bore look zippy and energetic, even if that illusion can only last for bare minutes at a time. Read More »

If Sequel Bits has a mascot, it’s gotta be Bruce Willis. Guy has four sequels due out this year, and in this edition he talks about two of them, A Good Day to Die Hard and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Also after the jump:

  • Dirk the Daring and Angry Birds could be in Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • James Wan continues casting for Insidious Chapter 2
  • Hasbro will bring Jurassic Park 4 toys to shelves in 2014
  • Nicholas McCarthy‘s indie horror The Pact is getting a sequel
  • Andy Serkis is excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Trek production designer discusses his biggest challenge
  • Jai Courtney explains why the McClanes don’t get along

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and you know what that means: Fox is ramping up their marketing efforts for their big romantic holiday release, A Good Day to Die Hard. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets… Again will feature old songs along with new ones
  • Writer Scott Z. Burns discusses Apes and Blade Runner 2
  • Rich Moore and his stars are totally up for more Wreck-It Ralph
  • Enroll in Starfleet Academy with the Star Trek Into Darkness app
  • Chris Pine will kidnap J.J. Abrams for Star Trek 3 if he has to
  • Riddick is back out in the rain in the newest still from Vin Diesel
  • The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new TV spot and a poster
  • A Good Day to Die Hard will run about 90 minutes…
  • … one of which you can watch right here…
  • … along with a featurette that offers more plot

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