The final lead role has been cast in Terminator: Genesis, and it has gone to Dayo Okeniyi. But wait… there’s more! The first plans to shoot three installments to put this saga to rest have officially been hatched. The second and third films will be done back-to-back over nine months.
Deadline reports that Okeniyi (pictured) and John Boyega were the two top choices for this pivotal final role, and this came down to a tug of war between storied franchises The Terminator and JJ Abrams and Star Wars, which also wanted Okeniyi to test for one of the leads of that film.
Paramount and Skydance’s David Ellison stepped up, and the actor unpacked his bags. Okeniyi, who co-starred in The Hunger Games and The Spectacular Now, will play a Steve Jobs genius who figures heavily into the conclusion of the film. He is Danny Dyson, who is also the son of the brainiac cyborg developer Miles Dyson, played by Joe Morton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The young man holds the key to technology development that makes Skynet possible.
“Game Of Thrones”‘ Emilia Clarke is Sara Connor, Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke is her son, John Connor; Jai Courtney is locked as Kyle Reese; and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his signature cyborg in the time-travel saga that will be directed by Alan Taylor. The film has a July 1, 2015, release date.
Shooting begins soon in Louisiana.
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