‘Terminator: Genesis’ Casts J.K. Simmons; New Plot Details Revealed

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Principal casting for the upcoming Terminator franchise reboot – unofficially known as Terminator: Genesis right now – appears to be done at this stage, with the key characters from the sci-fi property’s mythology (Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese) having been cast anew for this relaunch of the series.

Rumor has it that the Genesis screen story – written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – will revisit key and/or iconic sequences featured in the series’ first two installments (James Cameron’s Terminator and T2: Judgement Day), albeit with the frame of a larger time-travel storyline.

The longstanding claim is that Genesis will feature Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a Terminator robot, who must protect the young Sarah Connor (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke) from Skynet forces that attempt to kill her. Sarah, of course, is traditionally the mother of future human resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke), as was fathered by Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) – the human soldier who John sent back in time to save his mother.

THR is reporting that The Closer TV series alum J.K. Simmons – also known for playing J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and his voice-work as Jameson in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series (as well as for voicing Tenzin on The Legend of Korra) – is in negotiations to join the Terminator: Genesis cast. Furthermore, the report adds that he will play an “alcoholic detective,” who has spent three decades following the strange case of Sarah Connor.

Reading deeper into that, it could be that the Terminator: Genesis script references events in Cameron’s original Terminator installment (which now happens to be 30 years old, by no coincidence). That would be an intriguing approach, similar to how this year’s Godzilla franchise reboot integrates events from the original 1954 film – as both a plot point and a meta-nod to the history of the property.

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This new plot tidbit could also hint at how the Terminator reboot – the starting chapter in a new standalone movie trilogy which shall be accompanied by a tie-in TV series – will allow the 66-year old Schwarzenegger to reprise his iconic role in a logical fashion – one that doesn’t require quite so much suspension of disbelief, that is.

In other words, if the machine played by Arnold has spent decades in the past keeping watch over Sarah Connor as she grows up (with Emilia Clarke playing the 30-year old Sarah in the present-day), then it would explain why his “biological exoskeleton” (read: human exterior) has aged significantly, by the time Genesis picks up.

Hence, Simmons’ character would be useful as a plot device/exposition deliverer, as the detective who’s been keeping track on all these bizarre events surrounding Miss Connor over the year – and thus, someone able to explain the whole thing to other characters.

Confusing? Most likely, but at this stage it’s difficult to see how director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) Terminator reboot is going to be able to clean-up the franchise’s convoluted narrative continuity without pulling some crazy sci-fi/time-travel explanations (a la J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot). So long as the story – whatever it is – brings the franchise back to its more thoughtful sci-fi/horror roots, then I’m good with it.

Have you own thoughts/theories about the plot for Terminator: Genesis? Let us hear them in the comments section!


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

Source: THR

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  1. The cast isn’t that great but if the whole terminator aging is true sounds like a really good idea something tjat we havent seen in a terminator film

    • You shut your mouth

  2. JK Simmons looks like he could play Earl Boen’s character as Dr. Peter Silberman

  3. The casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the terminator is a fine choice, in my opinion.

  4. Actually sounds interesting. Hope they do it right.

  5. The films have been good. Maybe Salvation a much better film than RotM. Having Mr. Taylor as the director as well as the cast looks promising. Time will tell.

    I thought the same; he looks just like Dr. Silberman.

  6. I hold reboots to a much higher standard before I fork over $30-$40 for a date night that could easily waited for video night. The reviews will have to be through the roof for this one.

  7. Sounds like they are taking some elements from the Sarah Connor TV show where there was a detective who was tracking them in the past to when they time traveled to the present.

    • A-Ma-Zing!

    • Yes, I can see TSCC similarities.

  8. Funny there getting the state farm guy to be in this movie. Did you know your insurence doesn’t cover machines taking over, and that you can be held liable if one kills someone on your property that you could held responsible? XD

  9. Terminator exoskeleton aging, thats the downside of all of this.

    It would be great if they could just wait til the technology advance even further so they can make a perfect, well fit young Arnold.

  10. Yes, this is extremely confusing. I was looking forward to this but now not so much. God, please make it stop

  11. Actually, if the plot is similar to the one described, here we have a pretty neat idea. Specially the reason for the old T-800. Let’s hope that this idea is indeed right.

  12. the next four terminator movies after genesis.
    Terminator: Ice age
    Terminator: Los Angeles
    Terminator: Hibernation
    Terminator: Rebirth

  13. They would have to have one hell of an explanation for Arnie’s robot not interfering in T1 and T2 if he was actually around. Something like him having been captured or shut down , for whatever reason.

    I’m just looking for a smart movie, with a minemal amount of time travelling and a good sci-fi/horror-vibe. I have a feeling there’ll be a LOT of explanation in the first part of the movie to what actually happens and where everyone is when we start the main plot of this new trilogy..

  14. I have an idea how to explain this complicated plot in a teaser preview. They can have Christopher Lloyd, as Doc Emmett Brown, stand next to Schwarzenegger and say “Arnie, next summer we’re sending you Back to the Future!!”

  15. This sounds terrible and just reeks of a money making enterprise…

  16. Can we just pick up from salvation and end the series…..THEN go back……i dont want more time travel….this movie sounds like a waste..i mean we kinda got left with salvation’s ending with the garauntee of a sequel

  17. I would have liked to see the whole Salvation thing go farther. I enjoy the post apocalyptic stuff way more than the current day stuff.

    If you are going to reboot, don’t connect it to anything, just start over, all this trying to tie stuff in, is kind of silly.

  18. Do these writers or directors have any clue? I mean, do they think that the fans want to see more Terminator rehashed crap? Terminator Sarah Connor: Chronicles Season 2 was so much more interesting until Fox screwed it up. What would be really interesting, is seeing John hate the machines for killing his family, in a scene where he’s fighting for his life. Out of desperation he starts to ask the machine how it likes to being controlled by Skynet. The machine pauses to think, question, and asks questions. Where the machines understand they have something to learn from humans. Even seeing John come to the point where he loves one. It is growth, interaction between machines and humans that make a good AI film. Not more rehashed characters and plots. I can see they will screw up this one as well.

  19. J. K. Simmons as Dr. Peter Silberman

  20. Aaron Eckhart as T-800 next?

  21. We’ll at least is Arnold

  22. “Confusing? Most likely, but at this stage it’s difficult to see how director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) Terminator reboot is going to be able to clean-up the franchise’s convoluted narrative continuity without pulling some crazy sci-fi/time-travel explanations (a la J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot).”

    Its easy actually, just put in Austin Powers to redeliver these lines:

    Wait a tick. Basil, if he travel back to blah blah blah and traveled back to blah blah blah…
    [goes cross-eyed]. Oh, no, I’ve gone cross-eyed!!

    Basil: I suggest you don’t worry about those things and just enjoy yourself.
    [to the camera]. That goes for you all, too.

  23. If you’re gonna write a story on this subject, I suggest you spell the title name as it should be. Moron!

  24. I like the idea of terminator genesis and Simmons roll in the story. N I do not think the continuity is convoluted, because every time they sent a terminator back in time it changes the time-line. There are only four things certain: john Conner, Sara conner, Kyle Reese, and Skynet. Everything else is up for grabs/change.

  25. Cody, I’m with you all the way on this. I like the idea of changing timelines, provided the writers give it enough thought and do not omit something which will be a glaring blunder when the film is released. I know there are some out there who do not like the idea but perhaps they’re in the minority?
    It gives us ‘thinking people’ something to feast on, instead of the run of the mill wam, bam, crash, bang, wollop etc. (Oh yes, machine gun fire etc).
    I might be asking too much but I’m hoping for another touching love story, like in T1, which Kyle spoke so well, “I came through time for you Sarah. I’ve always loved you”.

  26. I was watching the preview like “cool, ok, they’re remaking the first”, then its like “Bam!” Everything’s different..

    Im all for change, but part 5 looks ridiculous..
    I wanted a continuation of Salvation, of the stories I know, not this new crap!
    But since I love terminator I will give it a watch, on DVD ;)

    Also I’ve been thinking, I know, I know, bad idea lol,
    But I’ve come to the conclusion that Skynet screwed itself over by sending a Machine back, because that’s what prompted John to send the guy back that ends up becoming his father, no Terminator-no Reese, no Reese-no John, no John-no Victory, Skynet would have won if they’d just lost, weird I know.

  27. The negativity of people on this site is beginning to get on my nerves. You know nothing of this film and if you take Megan Ellison’s film: Lawless, you will see how good the film was. It was an excerpt taken from history.
    Jason Clarke was in that film and he was impressive.
    It would seem that J.K. Simmons will be a James Ellison type character.