Terminator Genesis Byung-hun Lee

With shooting expected to begin in just a few weeks, Terminator: Genesis is locking up its supporting cast. G.I. Joe star Byung-hun Lee has just been added to the roster, along with Michael Gladis (Mad Men) and Sandrine Holt (House of Cards).

The trio join Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Alan Taylor-directed sci-fi sequel. Get all the latest info after the jump.

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Dayo Okeniyi Terminator Genesis

Not long ago there was chatter about John Boyega (Attack the Block) being eyed to join Terminator: Genesis. He would have played the son of Terminator 2 character Miles Dyson. But things have changed. Now Dayo Okeniyi, recently seen playing Thresh in The Hunger Games, will take the role. That firms up the major Terminator cast.

But there’s a second side to the story. One roadblock between Boyega and Terminator: Genesis was the possibility that he would appear in Star Wars Episode VII. He couldn’t do both. So can we take this info about Okeniyi’s casting to indicate that Boyega is locked for Star Wars, or at least getting closer?  Read More »

Terminator 5 Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the dire future of 2029 in which Skynet and its robotic Terminator assassins have dominated humanity. In Terminator 5 Schwarzenegger will once again play a killer robot that looks like a man. In two interviews, the actor gives up some new details about how Terminator 5 will work. There’s one attention-getting bit about how the Terminator’s flesh suit ages, but some more intriguing bits that suggest we’ll see several versions of Arnold’s character throughout the story.

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Jai Courtney Is Kyle Reese in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

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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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Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures was the one that got the ball rolling on the new Terminator movie in the first place, beating out Lionsgate to pick up the rights back in 2011. And the project’s made some significant progress lately, picking up cast members and a director. But as pre-production comes along, Annapurna has decided that it no longer wants to fund the film.

The company has dropped out of Terminator: Genesis as a co-financier, although Megan Ellison will retain an executive producer credit. The picture will now be paid for by her brother David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions and distributor Paramount Pictures. More details 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 »

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Briefly: Emilia Clarke is reuniting with her Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor for Terminator: Genesis. Clarke will play Sarah Connor, the woman who is the mother of analog savior John Connor.

She’ll appear in the movie opposite Jason Clarke (no relation), who will play her son Jon — in other words, we know there’s definitely some time travel in this one. Deadline, reporting the news, says there’s a trip forward this time, so we may see Sarah thrust into the future where an AI network has achieved sentience and started to wipe out humanity. Original The Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly show up as well.

Terminator: Genesis has been described as the first chapter in a new film trilogy; it is set for release in July 2015.

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After dealing with terrorists, apes, and the Jazz Age nouveau riche, Jason Clarke is ready to go head-to-head with Skynet. The Aussie star has entered early talks to take the role of John Connor in the upcoming Terminator sequel/reboot, reportedly titled Terminator: Genesis. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is directing. More details on this potential casting after the jump.

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