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Say what you will about the Hollywood dusting off and re-polishing old ideas (for cynical economic reasons and what not), but you gotta admit, some interesting things are happening with The Terminator franchise. The sequel/reboot, reportedly titled Terminator: Genesis will be directed Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), so that’s promising.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to reprise his role from the earlier films, and that’s good because, well, Arnold. Actresses Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are in the mix to play Sarah Connor – the film’s female lead – so that’s head turning. It’s also been reported the film will cross reference some way with the planned TV series. So, yeah, one curious beard stroke after another. Now we have another interesting development.  It looks like the role of John Connor –  the catalyst for the machine/time war – has been cast.

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Deadline says actor Jason Clarke is the Productions top choice to go head-to-head with Skynet. You may recognize Clarke from such recent films as Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. He hasn’t been officially announced yet, so it could still be up in the air. Dude does have a hectic year coming up, what with Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, the Soviet-era thriller Child 44, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The last 2 Terminator movies weren’t exactly terrible, but they didn’t really perpetuate the franchise. I’m excited at the prospect of a new direction, with fresh faces and what not. The talent being considered for this alone is promising. Of course, my scoffing self has one complaint. I’m kind of tired of the John Connor “leader of the human resistance” story.  How many more times do we need to see that? Let’s just see a movie that shows the damned war between machines and robots.

Terminator: Genesis set to open July 1, 2015.

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