Variety reports that Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Boyd Holbrook (Very Good Girls), Sam Reid (Anonymous), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), and newcomer Thomas Cocquerel are amongst the actors who will be testing for the part on Monday.
Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke will be starring as Sarah and John Connor, with Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to reprise his role as the eponymous Terminator.
Plot details are understandably being kept under wraps, but given Emilia Clarke and the aforementioned names testing for Kyle Reese are younger than Jason Clarke, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s going to involve time travel in some shape or form.
Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) will direct from a script co-written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry).
Insiders note that Paramount had originally been eyeing more recognisable young actors like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund for the part, but the two didn’t want to read for it, leading the studio to eye actors still building a name for themselves.
Paramount will be co-financing the blockbuster alongside Skydance and Annapurna Pictures, with David and Megan Ellison producing for their respective shingles.
With testing for Kyle Reese getting underway on Monday, the final name to take the part should hopefully be announced soon.
Terminator: Genesis is set to hit cinemas on July 1st, 2015. It is currently opening unopposed, landing in theatres a week after Warner Bros.’ Pan and Universal’s Ted 2, and a week before Universal’s Minions spin-off movie, before the summer really gets interesting the following week with Batman vs. Superman.