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Daenerys Targaryan Might Play Sarah Connor In The Terminator Reboot

We’re just going to pretend those are a bunch of Terminators standing behind Emilia Clarke, ready to do her bidding. Read on to find out which other actresses are testing for Sarah Connor as well as which actor from The Dark Knight Rises director Alan Taylor would like for John Connor. 

Last we heard on the Terminator reboot project was that Taylor was in talks to direct what is supposedly going to be a new trilogy. Although we still don’t know anything about the plot (my hope is they don’t forget Sarah is the main protagonist), new reports are suggesting certain casting decisions already in motion.

The Hollywood Reporter writes, “The testing will begin next next week, with Taylor seeing Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) as well as another actress vying for the role of young Sarah Connor. Margot Robbie’s name has also surfaced in connection with the role.”

While I’m personally very excited to see Clarke’s name on the list, it shouldn’t be surprising. Before landing his directing gig for Thor: The Dark World, Taylor’s resume was populated with six Game of Thrones episodes, including “Fire and Blood” and “Valar Morghulis.” But the iconic mom isn’t the only one being searched for.

“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 although sources say reports of Boyd Holbrook are off the mark,” writes THR. “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.”

Hardy taking on the role would be another interesting choice considering his TDKR co-star Christian Bale played John Connor in the last Terminator film, Terminator Salvation. What do you think of the names being floated around so far?

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  • Eisen

    I don’t want a Sarah Connor ‘Terminator Teen Mum’-Edition. I do love Clarke, but there are even fewer women in movies that are not in the ‘magical’ span from 20 to early 30s. I would wish they just wouldn’t reboot movies that are good as they are.

    But if there has to be a reboot, I would want to see a mature Sarah Connor in her 40s or at least late 30s, a mother that has seen stuff and is tough as hell. We have some young female action heroines out there – not enough by far, but I would like to see some heroines that are older than 35.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised you mentionned the Batman connection and not the Game of Thrones connection, considering Clarke would play the same part Lena Headey played.

    As far as the idea of the reboot goes, I don’t get it. Rebooting a comic book movie franchise can work because most of those characters have decades of material to chose from. The mythology of Terminator is paper thin and the franchise worked best when the apocalyptique future and John Connor’s role in it were left to the imagination.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I am also surprised I didn’t mention that connection. Big TSCC fan. :)

  • Anonymous

    I think a good Sarah Connor should be at the end of ther 30s, maybe even of 40.

  • Fisty

    Love Ms. Clarke, hate this idea.

  • Anonymous

    Whoever is cast MUST put in tons of gym time if I’m going to accept her in the role.

  • John W

    I’m curious to hear Clarke’s American accent.

  • Anonymous

    I like Clarke and Larson, I know little of Margot Robbie except her turn as a wide-eyed stewardess in PanAm, but neither of them have anything of a Sarah Connor. Perhaps it’s just that I’m thinking of Lena Headey and Linda Hamilton’s T2 Sarah Connor and they are going another way but there is very little in these young ladies, as talented as they are, that is tough and unbending as Sarah Connor has to become.

  • Anonymous

    How much of SCC have you seen? Because “soccer mom” is really not what comes to mind, even though the show was lacking in many ways.

    She wasn’t Linda Hamilton, sure, but the part was crafted differently, she had a lot more mothering to do (to a bratty teenage boy who is nothing like Movie!John) but soccer mom?
    And that’s coming from someone who initially gave up 30 mn into the pilot because I wasn’t convinced by her in the part. On rewatch though, and after letting the part get less vague, she blew me away.

  • Anonymous

    I agree it’s a demanding role. At least if they choose to go the same route because there’s no telling what they will do with the “reboot”. Sarah Connor became a badass in T2 because Cameron thought it would be interesting to have a “reversal” of roles of sort, with the terminator being a father figure and Sarah being a destructing figure, but maybe they won’t go that way at all.