Terminator 5: What We Know So Far About Genesis

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The Terminator movies are certainly considered one of the best sci-fi movie franchises ever, but it hit a serious speed bump in 2009. The McG-directed Terminator Salvation cost an incredibly expensive $200 million, and not only failed to open at number one on its opening weekend (losing to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), but only wound up making $125 million domestically. After years of the rights being bounced around between owners, finally the franchise is ready to get going again with Terminator 5, a.k.a. Terminator: Genesis.

Paramount Pictures has dated the next chapter in the series for July 1, 2015, but what can we expect from the movie? Which characters from previous movies are coming back? Who is starring? Read on to find out what we know so far!

Alan Taylor Terminator
The Director
Alan Taylor has spent years working on the small screen, his work on HBO shows like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and Sex and the City providing many of the highlights in his filmography. In 2013, however, Taylor managed to completely change his profile. The director was hired by Marvel Studios to helm their big blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, and apparently the job agreed with him. Terminator: Genesis will be Taylorís second big budget action movie, and yet another chance to solidify his presence in the feature world.

T-800 Terminator
One might wonder how Arnold Schwarzenegger Ė at the ripe old age of 66 years old Ė will be able to play a perfect human-looking robot, but thatís exactly what heís doing in Terminator: Genesis. With the exception of Terminator Salvation (which had an Arnie CGI creation), the former body builder has been in every film in the franchise, and the next movie will continue that tradition. As for why T-800 looks so much older than he previously has, Schwarzenegger has explained that while the robot underneath is in pristine condition, the human skin he is wrapped in does age. The film will also feature a second, younger T-800 who the Austrian star eventually gets reprogramed (presumably repeating the cycle of what happened between Terminator and T2: Judgment Day.

Sarah Connor Terminator
Sarah Connor
While she was one of the main characters on the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Sarah Connor hasnít actually been featured in a Terminator movie since T2. She will finally be making her way back on to the big screen in Terminator 5, however. Emilia Clarke, who previously worked with director Alan Taylor on Game of Thrones, will be playing the latest version of the ass-kicking heroine, previously portrayed by both Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey. Weíre not entirely sure what generation of Sarah we will be seeing, be it the butch badass machine killing one or the "Holy shit, what the hell is going on" one (Iím betting on the former).

John Connor Terminator
John Connor
Surely itís not lost on the filmmakers behind Terminator: Genesis that they have hired two actors named "Clarke" to play two characters named "Connor," but itís hard to argue with the talent theyíve enlisted. Joining Emilia Clarkeís Sarah Connor as John Connor is Jason Clarke, the Australian actor who first dropped audienceís jaws with his performance in Kathryn Bigelowís Zero Dark Thirty. At this time you may notice that Jason Clarke is actually considerably older than the actress who is playing his mother, but that can easily be explained away by the fact that the Terminator franchise is all about time travel.

Kyle Reese Terminator
Kyle Reese
Jai Courtney has already played a part in one of the great 1980s franchises, having played John McClaneís son in A Good Day To Die Hard, but now he is getting his second chance playing Kyle Reese in Terminator 5. Reese, of course, was the heroic human robot fighter sent back in time to both protect Sarah Connor and become John Connorís father. He was first played by Michael Biehn in James Cameronís Terminator movies, and Anton Yelchin resurrected the character in Terminator Salvation. Itís not clear yet what role Reese will be playing in Terminator: Genesis, but we imagine that itís a considerable one.

Danny Dyson Terminator
Danny Dyson
Whatís that? You donít remember Danny Dyson? Honestly, I canít blame you. After all, the character only appeared in James Cameronís T2: Judgment Day and played only a very, very small part. For those of you who arenít Terminator super experts, Danny Dyson is the son of Miles Dyson, the executive at Cyberdyne who unwittingly starts the robot apocalypse. We canít say what role he will have in Terminator 5 exactly, but he will be played by Dayo Okeniyi, who you may recognize from his role as Thresh in the first Hunger Games movie.

J.K. Simmons Matt Smith Byung hun for Terminator 5
The Rest Of The Cast
It would appear that Terminator 5 will be reuniting a whole bunch of recognizable characters from the sci-fi franchise, but it sounds like there are going to be some new faces as well. First up thereís J.K. Simmons, who will be playing a "weary, alcoholic detective" who has been following Sarah Connor's trail for years and years. The other two newcomers, however, remain complete mysteries. Both G.I. Joe: Retaliationís Byung Hun Lee and Doctor Whoís Matt Smith have officially boarded the blockbuster sequel, but Paramount Pictures and Skydance have not yet revealed who they will be playing. Could one or both of them end up being robots sent back in time to kill John Connor? Weíll have to wait and see.

The Story
It was in January 2013 when Terminator 5 became an actual in-development reality. It was back then that Paramount and Skydance hired Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier to co-write the next chapter of the Terminator franchise. While we donít really know anything about the filmís plot just yet, we do know that it will be the first movie in a trilogy. Now that the sequel is in production, hopefully weíll start hearing more details soon.
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