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Tatiana Maslany Joins Casting Search for Our Next Sarah Connor


The Terminator reboot is determined to cast its Sarah Connor before it casts anyone else, and we can’t really disagree with their choices.

Then again, if it were up to us we’d probably start every audition by asking the actress “Are you Sarah Connor?” and observing her reaction.

Three women are so far in the running: Brie Larson, of Scott Pilgrim and 21 Jump Street, Emilia Clarke of dragons, dragons, and dragons, and now, Tatiana Maslany, the actress in the lead (and also a majority of the supporting roles) in Orphan Black. From THR:

The other major roles to be filled are leader John Connor (Tom Hardy is the prototype) and Kyle Reese, the man who will become his father. But sources say Paramount, director Alan Taylor and star Arnold Schwarzenegger want to select the girl before casting the guys.

Alan Taylor is currently best know for directing high fantasy, with several episodes of Game of Thrones as well as Thor: The Dark World under his belt, and I’m interested to see what he does with one of cinema’s enduring original sci-fi premises. Last we heard of a release date on the planned trilogy, we’ll be seeing the first installment on June 16th, 2015. That gives Taylor and company some time to continue their casting process before they really have to buckle down.

With the pool of actresses they’re pulling from, it seems like they’ll turn out okay, busy television shooting schedules allowing.

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • Rob Payne

    It’s too bad they can’t all be Sarah Connor, they’re all incredible actresses. Brie Larson strikes me as a Terminator Original Recipe era Linda Hamilton, while Maslany could easily play closer to T2 era Hamilton. The Mother of Dragons, well, I guess she’d probably be in the middle and bring something closer to Lena Headey’s performance in TSCC. I guess it depends on what kind of Sarah they want.

    Speaking of, can’t Headey play the character again, too? It is a time travel story, after all…

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the casting director will remember that Sarah Connor at the time of the first movie is supposed to be about 19. That was one of the complaints that many people had about Linda Hamilton in the first movie. She was too old to be playing Sarah. With that in mind Emilia Clarke seems like a good choice, but I wonder how she’ll toughen up to be the mother of the savior in any succeeding films?

  • MeatyStakes

    But Sarah was supposed to be 19 on the first movie, her whole storyline revolves around the huge responsibility on her shoulders and that plays with her inexperience and youth.

    Sometimes the age of characters have justified in-universe reasons, and the age of a character is a HUGE part of their characterization.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Like Linda Hamilton, the new Sarah Connor actress will need to convincingly go from an awkward, kinda quirky, down on her luck every-girl to a self-made, motivated bad-ass staring down the ever-strangling, inexorable, killer robot apocalypse.

    Tatiana Maslany? SOLD. Fucking sold.

  • Not So Young Democrat

    If you’re remaking the first movie then Sarah Connor IS supposed to be young. IIRC in Terminator she’s only supposed be like 19 or something. Which fits more with the character arc than someone older. She’s supposed to be young with no real direction in her life and no apparent prospects and over the course of the movie really reveals herself to be this highly competent fighter who is going to raise and teach the future savior of humanity.

  • Jason Atkins

    I’m not sure that there’s such a big difference between fantasy and science fiction; particularly given what Alan Taylor has already done. If there even is a true difference between the two, then Thor: The Dark World was very scifi in it’s fantasy – it looks like magic, but it’s actually science – whereas stories involving time travel and paradoxes are at the more fantasy end of scifi.

    Boil it down to base concepts, and the Terminator is a relentless, unstoppable, and impossible monster: a golem built by an unimaginable intelligence and wearing another man’s face, that has come to kill Sarah Connor before she has the chance to fulfil her destiny.

    Whether Alan Taylor approaches this as a fantasy project or as a science fiction, I think he’ll still wind up with the same product. You call it magic, or science; I come from a place where they are one and the same.

  • Jason Atkins

    In fairness, Emilia Clarke had a similar journey as well, from naive princess pimped to the Dothraki by her asshole brother into a badass, vengeful dragon queen. If you look at her facial expressions in her first episode versus the most recent, the transformation is subtle but total: especially if you throw in what Emilia is like in real life.

    Whoever the people are choosing… if that’s their short list, I think things are gonna turn out just fine.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously. She’s demonstrated an extremely wide range as an actress, given the number of characters she’s played.

    In the same series.

    Frequently in the same scene.

    (She’s basically playing, what, 70% of the cast of that show?)

  • Anonymous

    Now that’s more like it! No offense to Emilia and Brie, who are both wonderful, but Tatiana has the range, including the tough exterior, despite her diminutive frame, to make a great Sarah Connor!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Emilia is great in GoT and she does have a journey from naive to badass, but she’s not physically badass. Daenerys builds in confidence and size but she’s not any tougher now than she was at the start of the show.

  • Anonymous

    That’s the big question mark, isn’t it? They throw the word “reboot” around and that can mean pretty much anything. They won’t necessarily go down the same route the first series did. If they don’t know where they will go yet, it’s definitely better to get someone with as much versatility as possible and the only actress mentioned here who has proven it, in a very short amount of time, is Maslany.