‘Star Wars 7′ Shortlisted Actor John Boyega Eyed for ‘Terminator: Genesis’

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There are three major blockbuster franchises that originated during the last quarter of the 20th century – and, thus, have strong nostalgic appeal for moviegoers who saw them as young(er) adults (or while growing up as kids) – slated to return to the big screen in 2015: Jurassic Park, Terminator, and Star Wars.

One of the films in question has cast up and coming acting talent to carry the series forward into the new century (see: Jurassic World), while the other two are bringing in old reliable names to anchor the respective property’s newest installment alongside the whipper-snapper cast members (see: Terminator: Genesis and Star Wars: Episode VII).

Technically, no cast members have confirmed for Episode VII, with the exception of Carrie Fisher – who has indicated multiples times that she’s one of multiple Star Wars veterans who’ll appear in the film. However, in addition to having a pretty solid idea of who’s playing a villain (see: Girls actor Adam Driver), we also have a shortlist of actors who’re in contention for the coveted young male lead role in director J.J. Abrams’ space opera/adventure.

One of those names is John Boyega, the 22-year old British actor who brokeout in Joe Cornish’s acclaimed sci-fi thriller/comedy Attack the Block back in 2011. According to THR writer Borys Kit, Boyega is also being eyed to play a key role in another of the aforementioned tentpoles – namely, Terminator: Genesis, where Boyega could play the son of Miles Bennett Dyson (the latter was portrayed by Joe Morton in Terminator 2: Judgement Day).

Miles Dyson, for those whose Terminator 2 memories are foggy, was the Cyberdyne Systems employee who (in that film’s timeline, anyway) was responsible for inventing the microprocessor that eventually gave rise to Skynet (inspired by the broken chip from the T-800 in the first Terminator). He was killed during the events of that movie, though he had a young son named Danny – who was present when Sarah Connor (then, Linda Hamilton) attempted to murder the elder Dyson at his home.

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Joe Morton in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’

The Terminator: Genesis script is rumored to revisit certain scenes from the previous installments, through a time-travel story that setups a new standalone film trilogy (and includes an aged version of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800). If so, then it could make sense to catch up with the Dyson clan and see what the now grown-up Danny is up to – possibly, exploring the technology that his father was developing.

Kit also mentioned on Twitter that Boyega won’t be able to appear in both Episode VII and Genesis, which seems reasonable given that the pair will be in production at the same time. However, that also implies that the Danny Dyson role in the new Terminator film might be a pivotal one (e.g. one requiring a longer time commitment), rather than a throwaway nod to the franchise’s original mythos. Hence, Boyega being in the running.

Either way, Boyega, in my opinion, showed leading potential in Attack the Block, so it’s good to see him getting a shot at working on some big Hollywood tentpoles. Both of the roles in question could be meaty ones too, if done right (e.g. young men who must deal with newfound responsibilities, the legacies of their parents, etc.), so fingers crossed that Boyega ends up walking away with one role or the other.

Fellow Boyega fans – which movie would you prefer to see him appear in?


Terminator: Genesis opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2015.

Star Wars: Episode VII arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: Borys Kit

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  1. Why do they have to set up a new trilogy? Why not just make a GREAT standalone Terminator movie? Terminator Salvation was also the start of a new trilogy, and that is a trilogy we will never see completed. I am glad they are doing this, don’t get me wrong, I am all for Terminator 5. But I just don’t want to be left hanging on a 6 and 7 that never come…. at least not in the form promised in this new one film trilogy. Add that to the other incomplete Terminator tv series not at all connected to the new one they are making now and this is getting out of hand.

    • Where is James Cameron when we need him???

      • Sorry, but I’m not crying for James Cameron. I liked “TERMINATOR” a lot. But I’m not a major fan of “TERMINATOR 2″.

        I hope this seventh “STAR WARS” movie is good. I didn’t care for J.J. Abrams’ handling of “STAR TREK”.

  2. I actually did not like attack the block at all but I wouldn’t blame this young man for that. I’ll withhold judgement until we have confirmation and a trailer.

    • Really ? I liked it. Maybe you are an American and thats why. I am not an American and I am a Western European (Portugal) and this movie was from UK version. I do liked it.

      • Im American as obesity and apple pie and I loved Attack The Block. It was a great film

  3. Terminator is, for me anyway, done. We have two great movies and that’s that. So I think Boyega should do the new Star Wars instead. A project that has loads more potential of not only being a success, but also of being a quality movie.

  4. Life is good for Boyega! He was really strong in Attack the Block and must be killing it in his auditions. Can’t wait to see how these shape up!

    • This is GREAT news!!! I LOVED Attack the Block and I’ve honestly started to wonder why I don’t see this young man in more films. Glad to see that it want be long until I do!!!!

      Well deserved.

  5. I would Pick Star Wars… Although it did not really did something for HAyden Christensen. Hopefully the Outcome should be better for him. At the End of the Day, the Choice is His. :)

  6. John Boyega for Episode 7 then Micahel B Jordan for Dyson Jr…unless there’s scheduling conflict with Fantastic 4

  7. I would have to say, Star Wars is the right pick for Boyega. Star wars would be a big budget film with loads of Sci-fi stuff that could show us how he would adapt from his attack the block day. And if done right, this would be a major starting point for this young man’s career.

  8. So either way, the guy’s gonna have a good year

  9. Boyega seems like a good actor (I haven’t seen any of his stuff) I heard of him for the first time when I saw him shortlisted for Star Wars 7 I think that I would rather see him in Star Wars though thats probably just because I’m a bigger Star Wars fan than a terminator fan

  10. Star Wars for the pay day and the eventual being the A-list billing in future movies to round out your career. If you can have producers look past you being typecast into a Star Wars role for your entire career.