Terminator: Genesis Adds G.I. Joe's Byung-hun Lee And Two More

The Terminator: Genesis production has been on a casting spree as of late, bringing in actors like J.K. Simmons and The Hunger Games' Dayo Okeniyi, and today that train has continued down the tracks adding three more passengers. The Hollywood Reporter has gotten word that Byung-hun Lee, Sandrine Holt, and Michael Gladis have all signed on for parts in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster.

The three new stars join a solid cast that will feature Arnold Schwarzenegger back as T-800, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Conner and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese. Okeniyi will be playing the son of Miles Dyson (the Cyberdyne executive played by Joe Morton in Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Simmons will be playing a new character described as an alcoholic detective who has been following Sarah Connor's case for years. As for the new actors joining the cast, all of their roles are being kept a secret - though Lee's part "promises to be a doozy."

It's possible this is a little obvious, but does anyone get the impression from this story that Byung-hun Lee will be playing some new kind of Terminator sent back from the future to kill Sarah Connor. The actor certainly has the physicality, as he has shown in big action movies like G.I. Joe Retaliation:

Not to mention Red 2:

Holt and Gladis aren't exactly house-hold names, but if you watch a good amount of smart television then you are likely familiar with their work. Gladis is best known for playing Paul Kinsey, an ad salesman at Sterling Cooper in the early seasons of Mad Men. As for Holt, she has had a recurring part as Gillian Cole on the Netflix series House of Cards, where she gets a lot of screentime with the great Robin Wright and plays an charity worker who winds up getting her morality stretched working in Washington D.C.

As we reported earlier today, production is going to be starting very soon down in New Orleans and there are already plans being made to start production on back-to-back sequels that will follow it. Terminator: Genesis will be heading to theaters on July 1, 2015, but you can expect that it will be the first of many to come in the next few years.

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