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‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke lands Sarah Conner role in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

- December 14th, 2013

Turns out starring on Game of Thrones is pretty good training for battling cyborgs. So it’s no surprise – okay, maybe a little – that Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) is set to play Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis.

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Emilia Clarke. REUTERS FILE

According to Variety, Clarke and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) tested for the part in the upcoming reboot, which is being helmed by Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor.

Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke has been cast as the new John Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return to the franchise that cemented him as a leading action star.

Connor has been played by Edward Furlong, Nick Stahl, Christian Bale and Thomas Dekker in previous Terminator films and a short-lived television series. So I think it’s fair to say that no one has yet mastered the role.

The new film, which is slated to hit theatres on July 1, 2015, will now focus on on casting Kyle Reese, who was played by Michael Biehn in the 1984 original (wow, that makes me feel old).

Plot details are scarce – at one point it was rumoured that the film would take place in the 1940s and feature Arnie battling The Rock – but Terminator: Genesis will be the first film in a new standalone trilogy.

In an interesting twist, copyright for the Terminator franchise reverts back to James Cameron in 2019, so the new films will have to be produced fairly quickly.

What do you think of the casting? Is it good news for the franchise? Are they making a mistake bringing Arnie back for a fifth instalment? Sound off in the comments.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage joins new ‘X-Men’

- February 14th, 2013

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Bryan Singer has added Peter Dinklage to his star-studded X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer, who is currently promoting Jack the Giant Slayer, tweeted the news yesterday.

After a series of character roles, Dinklage shot to fame thanks to his role as Tyrion Lannister on the hit HBO series Game Of Thrones.

Singer didn’t announce which character he’ll be playing, but rumours have Dinklage pegged as Puck – a member of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight.

The film, which is a sequel to 2011′s X-Men prequel, will be based on a 1981 arc from the comic book series that has elements of time travel woven into the story. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, who all appeared in First Class, will be joined by original X-Men stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres in July 2014.

You can watch the trailer for Singer’s Jack The Giant Slayer below.