The search is over. The new Terminator reboot has found its Sarah Connor, with Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke officially cast in the role.
Last month, we heard that Clarke was on the short-list for the role, alongside Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Margot Robbie (About Time), with the hotly contested role reportedly coming down to just Larson and Clarke, with the latter ultimately chosen.
Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks to take the role of John Connor, who of course is Sarah Connor’s son. And given the differing age gaps between the two, you can be sure that there’ll be some time travel to look forward to in the reboot.
For many, Linda Hamilton is the version they picture when they think of Sarah Connor, playing her in Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But for me, it will always be Lena Headey that comes to mind when I think of Sarah Connor, playing the eponymous character in the short-lived TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Headey brings the character to life brilliantly, and it will be interesting to see Emilia Clarke bringing her to the big screen at such a younger age.
Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) is helming the reboot, with Megan Ellison and David Ellison producing.
Earlier in the week, we heard that the reboot is possibly due to be titled Terminator: Genesis, which naturally suggests that the story will take us back to the beginning, with Arnold Scharzenegger’s Terminator tasked with protecting Sarah Connor as she grows up.
Not only that, but it was also recently announced that Skydance and Annapurna Pictures are setting up a new Terminator TV series, with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) set to write and executive produce the new programme. The show will work as a companion to the upcoming movie trilogy, and is expected to take a critical moment from James Cameron’s 1984 original and run in a different direction with it.
The Terminator reboot is due to be released on July 1st, 2015, and with one new official cast member on board, and production sure to begin in the near future to meet the Summer 2015 release date, expect to hear more casting news soon.