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.
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.