The Hollywood Reporter
With a new entry in The Terminator franchise on its way, fans are pretty anxious to know who, if anyone, from the original series will be coming back to do battle with the machines. Today we have a clearer picture.
THR reports that director Alan Taylor (the truly badass Thor: The Dark World) is prepping to begin testing actors and actresses for the sci-fi feature project, which is being made by Paramount, Annapurna Pictures, and Skydance Productions. The testing will begin next week, with Taylor seeing Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now), as well as another actress vying for the part of young Sarah Connor. Margot Robbie’s name has also surfaced in connection with the role.
Taylor will also be searching for his young Kyle Reese, the man who will father John. Those actor tests will occur at a later date, but insiders say Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) is on the short list while other sources say reports of Boyd Holbrook are off the mark.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as a Terminator robot in a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up. But John Connor is also back, and sources say Taylor’s wish list starts with Tom Hardy (Christopher Nolan’s memorable Bane in The Dark Knight Rises), although at this stage not even a meeting has taken place.
The latest Terminator will be the fifth installment of the storied movie series, which began in 1984 as an indie distributed by Orion. Schwarzenegger starred in all but the last one, 2009’s wretched Terminator Salvation, in which he made only a digitally processed cameo. You know, the only good part of that whole fiasco.
The film’s plot details have not been revealed other than this is the first installment in a stand-alone trilogy. Skydance and Annapurna will co-finance along with the studio with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script.
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