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Get Ready For Your Meet Cute, Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese Has Been Cast For The Terminator Reboot

Terminator: Genesis has chosen its love interest for Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor - Spartacus actor Jai Courtney

The search has been on for a while but it seems Paramount and Skydance have settled on A Good Day to Die Hard/Jack Reacher actor Courtney for one of the leading roles in the film. And I say “one of the leading roles” because while Sarah Connor has been the centerpiece in the past, other incarnations have focuses on Kyle Reese and John Connor instead. And we already know actor Jason Clarke is playing an older John in Terminator: Genesis, so which direction they’re going with is anyone’s guess.

Adult Kyle Reese has been played by several actors since Michael Biehn made the role famous in The Terminator. Anton Yelchin picked it up in Terminator Salvation while Jonathan Jackson played Kyle in the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Presumably, the film will include Courtney and Game of Thrones star Clarke meeting for the first time, much like in the first film, and fathering John. Though I have speculated in the past they could shake things up considering the Terminator TV show also in the works. They’ve previously said, “The TV series will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction.”

What are your thoughts in the Kyle Reese casting?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Adrian

    Well, I haven’t been impressed with Jai Courtney in any film I’ve seen him in thus far so this gets a “meh” from me. We’ll see, I guess.

    It’s too bad that Terminator: Salvation didn’t do well because I thought Anton Yelchin was fantastic as a young Kyle Reese.

  • Anonymous

    Meh. Too.

  • Anonymous

    Casting won’t matter, since the writers are the same folks who brought us some of the worst scripts ever. I don’t care if you loved Avatar, the script was really, really, terrible. And Alexander? Are you kidding? I’m sure the effects will be spectacular, but I’d rather watch it dubbed in a language I don’t speak.

  • Dan Palla

    Just please don’t make him wear a homeless man’s pants for the entire movie this time! That drove me crazy. They were like covered in dried fluids and just gross ahhh like at one point he was even in a clothes store getting the rest of his outfit and it’s like why you can’t get new pants too? And then sara is all getting close to him like, really? You can’t smell his filthy hobo pants? I’m a bit obsessed with this.

  • AverageDrafter

    Of all the screenwriting terms that have filtered their way into the mainstream, “Meet Cute” is absolutely my most hated. I hate it – sarcastic, ironic, genuinely, or other. It needs to die a death.

  • Steven McDade

    NO MORE REMAKES/REBOOTS! Tired of them.

  • Erin Treat

    Calling him an “actor” is a real stretch. Hollywood keeps trying to make him be an an action star, but it’s just not gonna happen.

  • Jeff

    Hm, I don’t know how I feel about this. The only thing I’ve seen this actor in is A Good Day To Die Hard, and that’s one of the worst films I’ve seen in a while. Though admittedly, the script was the main problem with the movie, so he wasn’t given a lot to work with, thus his acting skills may be better than I thought.

    Even so, let’s be honest, Kyle Reese isn’t the most complex character- he’s sort of a walking plot device, so maybe his acting skills don’t have to be fantastic for him to be good, they just have to be ‘good enough’ so to speak. You don’t need the acting chops of Heath Ledger or Leonardo Dicaprio to play the character (though actually come to think of it, Leo would make a good Kyle Reese, no? He kinda has the look…). I mean, most of what Kyle Reese did in the first Terminator was shoot things, and he had the occasional quip here and there.

  • Anonymous

    I see no reason why this should be rebooted.

    But Danaerys as Sarah Connor may be a good enough reason to watch it, if it’s even decent.

  • Anonymous

    I liked “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (although I did hate both John and the actor playing John) mostly because it *was* about Sarah with absolutely no apologies about it. I think the series mythology not only did a nice job of fleshing out the post-apocalyptic world of the Resistance but set up an over-arching narrative that could have gone on for years. I’m kinda “meh” about the reboot– the franchise has been so adept at creating and exploring without having to resort to that before now. It just sort of smacks of laziness. I also liked the Terminator book trilogy by S.M. Stirling (who is a very talented sf/f writer).

  • Anonymous

    Same here, but I end up shouting at the screen. I love Angelina, but her weird gypsy accent hurts my ears. Not to mention Colin Farrell’s beach-boy-brogue, and the fine canned ham that is Val Kilmer…. There are too many gorgeous people NOT to watch it — Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, on and on. But oh that script.

  • Anonymous

    Meh. Well he’s no Shakespearean actor for sure but hey, neither is Michael Biehn. Not sure where they are going with this reboot.