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Someone Weird Is Rumored to Play John Connor In the Terminator Reboot


That would be the Terminator reboot movie, not the Terminator reboot TV show. Though the two are related. Maybe someone else will play John Connor from a different timeline in the TV show? I can feel the time travel wrapping around my brain.

Deadline is reporting that Jason Clarke is “in early talks” to play John Connor in the Terminator film reboot, rumored to be called Terminator: Genesis. Clarke broke through in Zero Dark Thirty, where his acting really stood out in an ensemble cast of approximately five hundred thousand. (Seriously, famous people kept popping out of the woodwork. John Barrowman was there.) Since then he’s landed major roles in The Great Gatsby and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Guy’s a good actor, and he’d be a welcome addition to the Terminator franchise. That’s not what’s weird.

What’s weird is that all the actresses we’ve heard bandied around as possibilities to play Sarah Connor—Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie, Tatiana Maslany—are younger than Clarke. Way younger. And John is Sarah’s son. If memory serves (and it’s been a while since I’ve seen Terminator and T2, so it may very well not) the first time get even a hint of older-than-a-teenager John is in Terminator Salvation… which Sarah isn’t in.

So how do Sarah and an adult John end up in the same movie? Maybe there’s time travel involved. Maybe there’s a split narrative. After all, we’ve heard that 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.” Might that mean either Sarah or an adult John will branch off into the TV show? It’s just a whole mess of ??!!!?!?!!.

Whatever the case, if this is the direction they’re going with the John Connor character we’re definitely looking at a major alteration from the original movie. I’m all for it. If you’re going to reboot something there’s no sense in not making changes (good ones, please). And the possibility of Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke playing mother and son is just too good. It’s meant to be.

(via: Deadline)

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  • kbroxmysox

    I really feel this reboot is going to end with Sarah dying and Reese living; and the new reboot be about their relationship. It’s just a feeling I’ve got. We’re going to lose one of the most badass females ever to appear on screen for a series of father/son drama and manpain :(

  • Not So Young Democrat

    John Connor doesn’t actually appear in Terminator so what would he be playing? Is it going to be a “flashback” to the future or something?

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    “If memory serves (and it’s been a while since I’ve seen Terminator and T2, so it may very well not) ”

    Your memory does indeed fail you. T2 begins with a battle scene in the future before the credits. (Which is both a flashback and a flashforward in a time travel story) The last shot before the credits is the adult John Connor looking stoically into the camera.

    http://youtu.be/N9YU0hQEZ5M?t=2m49s

  • Rob Payne

    Time travel, wut?!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Ah well. Time for a rewatch!

  • Anonymous

    Ummm, is this one of those conversations where we completely ignore something? Because as I recall, T3 Rise of the Machines showed a full grown adult John Conner (Nick Stahl-which actually made the boy who played John in the tv show a good casting) along with his future wife Catherine (Claire Danes).

    Or is this like Heroes where we only acknowledge part of the series?

  • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller

    I’m not sure they’d spend so much time recasting Sarah if they were going to ditch her after one film. But perhaps that is my optimism speaking to preserve my sanity. Fingers crossed that the filmmakers honor her character.

  • kbroxmysox

    I hope you’re right!! I just can’t help but feel what better way to “reboot” everything than to kill Sarah and create a new, less awesome timeline. I want nothing to do with a timeline which doesn’t Linda Hamilton doing pull ups on a bed spread or pumping two shotguns at the same time. No thank you! That is the darkest timeline.

  • kbroxmysox

    I hope you’re right!! I just can’t help but feel what better way to “reboot” everything than to kill Sarah and create a new, less awesome timeline. I want nothing to do with a timeline which doesn’t Linda Hamilton doing pull ups on a bed spread or pumping two shotguns at the same time. No thank you! That is the darkest timeline.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it already the “reboot reboot movie” after “Terminator: Salvation”?

  • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller

    Terminator Salvation was technically a sequel.

  • Temmere

    John older than Sarah? I can’t even imagine the incestuous shipping this will result in. (And that’s assuming there isn’t a DELIBERATE Oedipal subtext.)

  • Mark Matson

    The obvious choice is John goes back instead of Reese. Not sure how John would be born in that scenario, though, unless alternate timelines are fully embraced right off the bat.

  • Anonymous

    as well as being technically not very good.

  • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller

    Indeed!