All hail and bow down to Daenerys Targaryen. While Brie Larson and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” sexpot Margot Robbie were among the actresses vying for the coveted role of Sarah Connor in the new ‘Terminator‘ reboot, “Terminator: Genesis,” it is “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke who has officially landed the gig.
To be directed by Alan Taylor (not so coincidentally a “Game of Thrones” helmer and the filmmaker behind “Thor: The Dark World“), “Terminator: Genesis” is quickly taking shape, and that’s a given considering its July 1, 2015 release date (right around the corner in tentpole years). “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke (no relation), up for a lot of roles these days, is still in negotiations to play her son John Connor in a storyline which evidently involves a trip into the future (makes sense, given the difference between Emilia and Jason’s age). There have been two Sarah Connor’s over the years, but was made iconic by Linda Hamilton in the James Cameron iterations of the series. John Connor has been portrayed several times over the years, but even Edward Furlong was more memorable then Christian Bale (which shows you just how truly terrible “Terminator Salvation” was). It seems that all the talk that Arnold Schwarzenegger was to be part of this series didn’t pan out, but who knows, it could still happen.
Produced by David Ellison’s Skydance, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna, and Paramount, the ‘Terminator’ reboot is getting rather ambitious; “X-Men: First Class” writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller were recently tapped to write a new “Terminator” TV series that will criss-cross with the new movie. We’re not sure how that’s gonna work, but clearly we’ll find out. “Terminator: Genesis” will be the fifth film at bat for the franchise. Opening summer 2015, can everyone make a promise that if it works, hell, go ape with the sequels, but if it flops, let’s put an end to the madness already? [Deadline]