How Involved Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be In The Terminator Franchise

Jai Courtney has all-but confirmed that Arnold Schwarzenegger will play a part in the second and third instalments to the upcoming new Terminator trilogy. Schwarzenegger was already confirmed for Terminator: Genisys, but it hadn’t yet been revealed that the 67-year-old actor/politician/bodybuilder will be sticking around for the future additions to the beloved sci-fi series too.

Courtney made the revelation during a discussion with The Arnold Fans, the online shrine to all things Schwarzenegger, which is a must-visit site for anyone with even a passing interest in Arnie. Courtney was there to promote his upcoming film, Unbroken, but as you’d imagine the conversation soon turned to Terminator. At first he was asked about a possible start-date for the next two Terminator films, before the question was then elongated to include, "Will Arnold be in the sequels in some capacity?" and "Can there be a successful Terminator film without Arnold?" Courtney then gave the answer that all Terminator fans wanted to hear …

Hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold. I guess we start filming – I think the plan is do the next 2 back to back in 2016."

Jai Courtney’s declaration is the biggest hint yet that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be a part of the next two installments, as he clearly wouldn’t have questioned a Terminator film without the Austrian legend if his presence in it was still up in the air. Meanwhile, Courtney also indicated that Terminator: Genisys won’t get the adult ratings that the first two efforts of the franchise received, and it will instead be aimed at a PG-13 audience. Of course most of us want to see Genisys be given a hard-R rating that will allow it to rival the intense violence and action of its illustrious 1984 and 1991 predecessors, but in today’s modern movie climate that is just not a viable option.

Terminator: Genisys will see Arnold Schwarzenegger return as the Terminator/T-800, whose human tissue has aged, while Jai Courtney will play Kyle Reese, Emilia Clarke has inherited the role of Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke will portray John Connor. The rest of the cast will be rounded off by Doctor Who’s Matt Smith’s, Lee Byung-hun as the T-1000, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons in a mysterious part. Production on the blockbuster finally drew to a close back in August, and Genisys will hit cinemas on July 1, 2015, while its two sequels are planned for May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018.

Gregory Wakeman