Someone Weird Is Rumored to Play John Connor In the Terminator Reboot
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:52 pm, December 11th, 2013
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.