Rumor Patrol: ‘Terminator 5′ Casting Shortlist for John and Sarah Connor

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 7th, 2013 at 3:01 pm,

terminator 5 cast john sarah connor Rumor Patrol: Terminator 5 Casting Shortlist for John and Sarah Connor

What do we know about Terminator 5 – otherwise known as Terminator (2015) – thus far? Well, for certain Arnold Schwarzenegger will be appearing in the film, but otherwise we’re technically still awaiting confirmation/clarification on claims that Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is directing and Arnold will reprise as the T-800 machine (not an ordinary man).

A few years back, there was a rumor that suggested the fifth Terminator installment will be a soft reboot; one that revolves around an older Sarah Connor – along with her grown-up son John – in the present-day, no less (e.g. potentially overriding the events in Terminator: Rise of the Machines and The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Justin Lin, who was the director at the time, dismissed the proposal of T5 as a cast reunion that would include T2: Judgement Day stars Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong.

However, even back then, Lin was hinting that T5 would use the time-travel plot device to reset the convoluted sci-fi franchise. That still appears to be the driving force behind the project, even though the latest casting rumor indicates that the plan for accomplishing that isn’t all that simple. (At least, not so simple as, say, just not including the Connors in the narrative.)

terminator 2015 release date Rumor Patrol: Terminator 5 Casting Shortlist for John and Sarah Connor

Schmoes Knows claims to have information from a “top-secret source” (get that grain of salt ready…), which suggests that Terminator 5 will feature versions of John and Sarah Connor that are close to the same age. There was previously talk about the Terminator 5 storyline – from screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – taking place in the 1950s, back when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was rumored to play a new Terminator model. But do these rumors fit together… or simply call attention to how little we actually know about the project?

Playing devil’s advocate for a moment, it could be that the plan is to unite John and Sarah Connor from different points in history (along with Arnold’s character), then send then back to the mid-20th century to prevent some event that sets in motion Judgement Day? Such a version of Terminator 5 sounds remarkably similar to the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, which partly seeks to tidy up the convoluted timeline for the X-Men superhero franchise. Seeing how the next Terminator movie is apparently going to follow suit and reboot the series – laying the groundwork for a new standalone trilogy – could that guess not be so far off as you might think right off the bat?

The actresses that Schmoes Knows claim are being eyed to play a 20-something Sarah Connor in Terminator 5 include Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), while the candidates in consideration to portray the 20-something version of her son John include Boyd Holbrook (Hatfields & McCoys) and Garret Hedlund (TRON: Legacy). Interestingly, most of these actors and actresses have proven able to blend into period settings with fairly little difficulty, which could make them reasonable candidates to play modern-day time-travelers (who don’t stick out like sore thumbs in the past).

Terminator 5 may feature original Terminator cast members Rumor Patrol: Terminator 5 Casting Shortlist for John and Sarah Connor

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton & Edward Furlong in ‘T2′

Having said that: featuring versions of John and Sarah Connor – who are near the same age – as they jump around the 1900s, doesn’t exactly sound like the smartest way to “fix” the Terminator franchise. Moreover, Taylor has indicated that his (for now, theoretical) approach to making the film would be to take the franchise back to its character-based, simple genre roots in stalker horror and/or sci-fi action (he referenced it as the Batman Begins approach).

How about it – do you believe there’s any truth to this Terminator 5 casting rumor? Let us know in the comments section!


Terminator 5 is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1st, 2015.

Source: Schmoes Knows

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  1. I remember hearing about the original ending of Terminator 4 that got leaked, I thought that would have been a great idea. I thought it was clever and had cool potential. I also thought or was hoping that Arnold was going to be one of the great heroes of the war, especially now that he is older, and that is why the machines made the robot look liek him originally.

  2. It’s just one big loop, they can’t really get beyond this paradox, might be time to just let it go

  3. personally I think the going into the 50′s etc. idea sounds pretty lame, to me it just doesn’t make sense, I would like to see a continuation of where the last terminator movie left off, maybe a little further down the road showing the extent of john conners campaign to completely eradicate skynet and the eventual triumph over the machines and events surrounding the sending of arnolds t-800 model back in time, ive always loved every movie in this series (yes, even t3) but I would rather not see any more be made than see it turn into some hokey gimmicks to try and tie things up

    • Yeah, the 50s idea sounds VERY lame to me. I want to see the future, or at least the present.

      • exactly, I don’t want to see some back to the future-esque type of adventure filled with people from the past that have no clue whats going on and don’t believe anything the main characters have to say, and lots of quirky awkward moments when someone mentions something from the future and doesn’t understand it, to me that would just get cheesy, also it’s like someone else said, it creates a paradox that undoes itself if created

  4. I like a lot of the actors I vote Clarke and Hedlund

  5. i need Doc Brown to explain this to me

    *busts out the chalkboard*

  6. They can try and do whatever they want with T5, it will never come close to the masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgement day.

  7. Oh Edward Furlong, Pity Pity Pity. I’m in tears.

  8. T2 is the best of the bunch. But the storyline of sending a Terminator back in time and hunting John Connor may be old. I find it interesting that they are planning to travel in the 1950′s. What’s in the 1950′s, a baby Sarah Connor. It sounds like a crazy story but at least they’re getting their creative juices flowing.

  9. and people wonder why James.Cameron wants nothing to do with the franchise he created

    • yeah this isn’t Back To The Future man. this movie needs to be what part 4 should have been. waves and waves of T-101 Endoskeletons and sneakyer ones with human skin blown sh*t up all over the place with plasma rifles in a 40 watt range going off with heads exploding!! take the future war dream sequences from the first two films, make a movie outta it and make us all happy!!! i wanna see people hiding from HKs. i want them to be scrounging around and making plastique pipe bombs. i want the Terminators crushing bones and beating people to death. i want the dark atmosphere and crazy soundtrack from the first film. i want them to HD scan photos of Arnold and Franco from the 70s and texture map them for the CGI effects for the T-101s…. they could even use Jay Cutler and Phil Heath for T-101s also. i wanna see the heroes coming over the ridge of a wasteland and seeing 1000 Endoskeletons marching at them. i want Arnold’s live action character in T5 to be Cheif Master Seargent William Candy who kicks some major ass fighting for the good guys with a shitload of one liners after he suplexes his CGI robot self…. DO IT!!! side note…. for William Candy not to have his lame voice in the film they could just have Arnold shot or injured in the throat at the beginning and when it heals he speaks like regular Arnold. problem solved. but i kinda want a few minutes of the retarded voice so maybe he could get the throat injury shortly after the beginning so we get some comic relief. then later in the film a T-101 could trick one of the good guys by using the goofy William Candy voice off screen then Surprise!! multi-ton titanium death machine coming at ya!!! they need to hire me to write this script.

  10. OH MAN. This is going to hurt, isn’t it? ::flinches away::

  11. I am really hoping that this would be a great film, for obvious reasons I don’t think it could be as good as the original jim Cameron standards. il be happy if its as good as t3 but with a decent storyline that holds. personally I think the director is not up to the job, considering his last few movies, most of them were a joke, as for the script writers, im pretty sure laeta will do a good job, although it would have been good if William wisher was to collaborate with her as he has previous experience from past scrpits with jim Cameron. and as for the cast, they really should have tried to get Edward furlong back as he is the one and only john connor, anyone else just would not live up to the originality of the character, same goes for sarah connor. original cast is always the best. finally, the set in the 50s is a bad idea, especially for sci films, takes a lot of work to make work. the present would be the best, perhaps a few years later, after t2 preferably, just before judgment day. just my two scents of a passionate terminator lover. jim Cameron was and will always be the best.

    • the present would be the best, perhaps a few years later, after t2 preferably, just before judgment day

      yeah that movie already happened. it was called Terminator 3 Rise Of The Machines.

      Everyone hates that movie but i thought it was good. I actually like it better than T2. The original Terminator is still my favorite.

  12. Terminator 5 = “Terminator Salvation II”

  13. This is silly. I think if Cameron himself could think up a sequel to Terminator 2 that didn’t suck, he would have happily taken an easy payday and another feather for his cap. THE STORY ENDED AFTER PART 2. Sad, but true (every attempt since part 2 has been just awful. Let’s be honest). Can’t wait for the third Arnold/Conan film, but this T5 sounds like it’s going to be a fiasco. “Soft reboot”? If your going to reboot, then reboot. If your going to make a sequel, make it work. Don’t cheap out and give me a lazy story and shoe horn ‘the man’ in just expecting me to shell out cash. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN.

  14. How can you consider yourself a die hard fan if you think it should end at Terminator 2? I love it so much, it’s good that it’s on an endless looping paradox forever. I want to watch new terminator movies, games, and tv shows forever and always. James Cameron built a beautiful world that just feeds upon itself. It has a life of its own and it’s amazing. New technology comes out, new ideas for making the machines better, stronger, faster, cooler, upgraded, decked out, and everything I can’t imagine. My theory is that Edward Furlong’s John is one of “villains” but it’s a very grey area. Like he’s made friends with the machines and lost his way seeking revenge and safety out of fear and spite. Why not side with the machines? He fell in love with the father figure and apparently Sarah is going to have this same attacking to the machine. That’s the ultimate genius, isn’t it? We’re afraid of what the machines could do to us because they could progress far beyond “humans” but at the same time we love technology and it keeps us safe. It’s this cycle of love hate and dysfunction of the machines actually being reliant on us to become better and stronger through competition and rivalry which swirls the story into a Fibonacci sequence of growing and escelating epic proportions and fun. This is totally going to be my next favorite movie and I can’t wait to see it, the trilogy, and play the video games. The terminator Salvation arcade game was very unique and satisfying. Now Microsoft has Holographic processors and this stuff is about to get serious son.

    • Ha! I totally called it and you guys released a trailer confirming this a day later. I love you guys. This film is going to be beyond epic. It’s not Edward furlong, but I still totally nailed it. This movie is going to be so epic. I can’t wait to see the other two films. Ugh! It’s going to end on a cliff hanger! But that’s worth it in the end when they’re all released and I can watch them all back to back to back. Yes! So much fun.