‘Terminator: Genesis’: Jai Courtney & Boyd Holbrook Circling Kyle Reese Role

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures (Her) bought the Terminator rights with the intention of rebooting the iconic sci-fi franchise, which originated with James Cameron’s (Avatar) first installment thirty years ago. The project also has producer David Ellison (Star Trek Into Darkness) onboard, with Paramount Pictures prepared to fund the whole operation – which, at different times in development, has been tentatively referred to as Terminator 5, Terminator (2015) and, most recently, Terminator: Genesis (note: the latter is not confirmed as the official title, for the time being).

Principle casting for Genesis is by and large complete at this stage, even as the previously-reported April 2014 production start date draws nearer and nearer. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising as the eponymous killing machine – his fourth time handling the role (not counting the CGI Arnold in Terminator Salvation) – along with Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) playing John Connor in the futuristic portions of the film, and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) – no relation – as young Sarah Connor in the past setting (either the late 20th century or early 21st century, one presumes).

Deadline is reporting that the shortlist for the final key character in Terminator: Genesis – Kyle Reese, a soldier in the post-Judgement Day war against Skynet and (unknowing) biological father to humanity’s future savior John Connor – is shorter now, with three of the five actors previously listed no longer being in contention for the role. As it were, the last two men said to be standing in line still are Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Boyd Holbrook (The Host).

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Jai Courtney & Boyd Holbrook are circling ‘Terminator: Genesis’

Courtney won’t take over the Die Hard mantle from Bruce Willis, but the actor may soon become part of a budding franchise – see his supporting role in next month’s YA best-seller adaptation Divergent - and thereafter, will costar in Angelina Jolie’s Oscar-friendly true WWII drama Unbroken. Holbrook, by contrast, has done quality character acting up to now (see: Hatfields & McCoys) and looks to continue doing so this year, with roles in the Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun, David Fincher’s Gone Girl movie and the Liam Neeson crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones.

In truth, it’s not altogether clear how big a role the Kyle Reese character will have in the Terminator: Genesis script – written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – though, one could argue that Holbrook deserves to get this shot at playing in a tentpole sandbox, more so than Courtney, in part because the latter has already gotten a few chances – and, to be frank, he’s not yet managed to really shine in that area (see also: I, Frankenstein).

We’ll see what happens, though, as director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) gears up to begin principal photography in a few months. Be sure and let us know who you would like to see play Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator installment (keep in mind, it could be the first movie in a three-picture commitment for the actor).


Terminator: Genesis is scheduled to open in theaters on July 1st, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I think Jai Courtney should be cast. Hes a pretty good actor.

  2. Definitely Boyd Holbrook. He looks a lot like Michael Biehn. Jai Courtney is a terrible actor in Die Hard 5. He should play a Terminator instead.

    • I don’t think looking like the original actors really matters since the actors they already have locked in look nothing like those who played Sarah and John Connor.

      I’d hope for Courtney but only because I’m more familiar with him as an actor.

  3. I really just want Arnold to focus on making Legend of Conan. Sabotage looks good, the Terminator reboot could be interesting, but I really just want to see a serious Legend of Conan. WIsh they would get to it.

  4. Another Terminator movie? Yep, I’ll be watching that one too. Into the Netflix queue it goes!

  5. I just hope they don’t mess up the Kyle Reese character though, I thought he was a badass in the original Terminator, I’m really interested in seeing him during his prime fighting Skynet and s***, I wonder how their gonna do the scene when Dude gives him the picture of his mom

  6. Jai Courtney!!..

  7. I’m torn. I’ve come to grow and love Jai Courtney for his part in my favorite show of the past few years, SPARTACUS. And I want him to expand his career, but at the same time, I kinda want to remember him as Varo in the awesome Spartacus TV series :).

    Boyd Holbrook, I don’t really know, which could be a good thing. Many times, the unknown allows you to see more and dig deeper into the character they are playing.

    Ugh… What do you guys think?

    I mean hey, I already got my girl from game of thrones paying Sarah! ;)

  8. Why do they hire older actors to play younger versions of the characters ?
    These 2 actors and the actress emilia clarke are older than 28 (age that were michael biehn and hamilton).

  9. Omg…Jai Courtney!! The worst possible choice for any kind of role in any movie. Terrible screen presence is what he has to offer. Please don’t ruin this movie by choosing him for the role of Kyle Reese. Please watch the other movies he has been in. He sucks big time onscreen.

    • I’d like to see you do better than Jai Courtney.

  10. Didn’t Jai Courtney win American Idol? :)

  11. Unless James Cameron has something he’d like to add to his story, I’m OUT.

    I gave Terminator 3 and 4 a shot. BOTH sucked farts from hobo @$$ for pennies.
    Terrible movies (I’ve watched Terminator 1 and 2 countless times, 3 and 4 maaaybe two or three times a piece).

    I heard Cameron say the story was complete after T2 during a interview or in a commentary, and I choose to ignore him, much to my film going woe.
    I want another excellent Terminator film, but if all the garbage baring the brand that has been released since T2 is all we have to look forward too?….

    I am DONE.

    Arnold or no.

    The only way I see this film is by stellar word of mouth. I’ve wasted to much money on this dead franchise.

    • Well said dude. They are just aiming at brainless MTV kids these days. The only way to make this work would be to go back to the originals sci fi horror and make it R rated. Not going to happen of course. Expect another dumbed down, michael bay type effort.

  12. Please…stop. Just stop it.

  13. Jai Courtney? The last thing this franchise needs is someone who’ll remind us of Sam Worthington from Salvation. Ugh. Definitely go with Boyd Holbrook . Prefereably neither though.

  14. Well that’s killed it already!