Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first year back from acting retirement (not counting his Expendables appearances) was rough – with the self-deprecating throwbacks The Last Stand and Escape Plan both under-performing in the U.S. – but things look to improve for Arnie in 2014. For starters, he will return to the iconic Terminator franchise in the upcoming movie reboot, which shall reportedly feature the 66-year old action legend as a unstoppable killing machine yet again. (Maybe his aged features are part of the disguise? We’ll see…)

Thor: The Dark World director Alan Tayor has (for now, unofficially) been charged with moving the Terminator dial back to zero, and is expected to begin shooting the film reboot by the first quarter of 2014. That explains the recent casting announcements for the sci-fi feature, which (once again) is said to involve a time-hopping storyline.

Deadline has been reporting for weeks now that Emilia Clarke – the 26-year old English actress who brokeout playing Daenerys ‘Mother of Dragons’ Targaryen on HBO’s medievel fantasy/political drama series Game of Thrones – is the top pick to play Sarah Connor in the film, and now the site has confirmed that she is a lock for the role. The character is an ordinary woman living in the 20th century who, after learning that she is the mother of humanity’s future savior in the war against the machines, eventually transforms into a force to be reckoned with, on her own terms.

Linda Hamilton originated the Sarah Connor role in the 1984 James Cameron Terminator film, while Clarke’s Game of Thrones costar Lena Headey played the eponymous heroine in the TV spinoff The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The rumored setup for the Terminator reboot (a.k.a. Terminator 5 or Terminator: Genesis) changes events from Cameron’s original movie so that Schwarzenegger’s deadly cyborg gets sent back in time to protect young Sarah Connor, but Deadline says the plot might also include “a trip into the future” – which would make sense, given the Sarah’s grown-up son, John, might be played by a well-established actor in Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty).

Jason Clarke is a logical choice for John Connor, for reasons beyond that he will also play a rugged leader of the diminished human race in the 2014 dystopian sci-fi installment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Similarly, Emilia Clarke is a reasonable pick for Sarah Connor, since her Game of Thrones work have demonstrated her ability to switch gears from vulnerable to gutsy, steely and compassionate as befits her character’s evolving identity (though, Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson would’ve been intriguing too, when it comes to watching her play transform from working gal to female badass).

Taylor used to produce/direct for Game of Thrones, so the hope is that he will bring that harderned-edge and intelligence from his work on the show to Terminator, drawing from a script by Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) that is heavier on the horror aspect (like the first two Terminator installments). Not so much the enjoyable, but fluffy Star Wars vibe of Taylor’s Thor comic book sequel.

The Terminator reboot casting so far points to that being Taylor’s intention, but feel free to let us know if you agree/disagree in the comments section of this article

Terminator: Genesis/Terminator 5 opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2015.

Source: Deadline