‘Terminator’ Reboot Finds Its Sarah Connor in ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Emilia Clarke

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 14th, 2013 at 5:42 am,

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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).

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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

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  1. Hopefully her American accent isn’t as awkward as Kit Harrington.

  2. I think She can play that caracter Well. It will just be weird for Connor to see her mother that lloking so Young lol :)

  3. I am fine with whoever is cast as long as arnie doesn’t make an appearence.

    • Yea, well, looks like you are going to have to get over that.

      He obviously looks a lot older now, so I am guessing that they are going to freshen him up a bit via CGI, like they did with Xavier and Magneto in X-Men 3 and Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy, or he may be playing a different model of Terminator. He could also be playing the engineer who designed the Terminator. Either way, he has more than earned a role in the movie. He is the biggest part of what made this franchise!

  4. So is this film gonna be connected to the previous 4 films that came before? Amelia Clarke does look like a young Sarah Connor from the first film.

  5. See, now this is a casting announcement that is reassuring, which is nice especially when the plot of the film in question is a bit of a strange quantity itself.

    It’s nice to read something like this and be able to immediately say, “Yeah, that sounds cool.” As opposed to having your head spin.

    • So Arnie as a 66 year old terminator doesn’t make your head spin?


      • Well, let’s put it like this – Arnie appearing in this film is not surprising, ergo we are all expecting it, and it does creep up and throw our minds for a loop when we read the confirmation.

        I was talking about Emilia Clarke (and alluding to Affleck/Gadot).

        But yeah, geriatric Terminator is a weird thought.

        • *does not creep up…

        • At his age, his Geritol will probably be a vintage year. In fact, he is probably getting so decrepit, that instead of saying, “I’ll be back!”, he’ll likely say, “Oh, my back!”
          Still, I will give this a watch, and in fact will have to rewatch all the other Terminator stuff on Netflix to refresh my memory.

          • Why do you mention Netflix in almost every post?

            Just sayin you would rematch would suffice, almost seems like you’re pluggin for them.

            • **rewatch

  6. Arnold? Seriously?

    AND your not even going to take it back to when he was at his best in this series… AS THE BAD GUY!

    I used to love this series, I would like to again. But I think they’re going to make that impossible.

    • Damn right! I’m tired of “Good Guy” Arnold…he needs to kick butt. Although, the thought of “Mr. Freeze” Arnold kinda makes me cringe.

  7. I don’t understand why we can’t just get a sequel as originally intended. As long as they can keep the continuity straight, whatever.

  8. I am on bored with this casting. Been pulling for her to get a main role in a big franchise film since season 1 of Game of Thrones. She’s a great choice not only because she’s fit for the role but, also because of the additional marketing buzz she will generate due to her previous work and interactions with Taylor and sharing the same last name as her potential male counterpart and on screen son if Jason Clarke is cast – which I am also behind.

  9. I think this is a really poor casting choice.

    • What makes you say that? Clarke is a solid actor in my opinion.

    • Completly agree, Brie Larson would have been 100% a better choice. Sarah Connor was always kind of a typical down to earth american girl, not some british supermodel, but to be fair idk what Emilia Clarke looks like when shes dressed down a bit, but even then i dont think she looks the part. I personally think she lacks the subtlety to play the role without overacting which kinda works on GOT but is a bad idea here, the point is shes kinda a one note actor she can seem commanding and tell people what to do, she can also sit and awkwardly do nothing as a victim, but i’ve yet to see her handle anything with some dimention (Maybe she can, i dont know). But then again this whole project looks like a train wreck, i even think Jason Clarke is a bad choice as well, Tom Hardy would’ve probably been pretty good though. And of course the nail in the coffin for me is arnie coming back, if its just a cameo then maybe thats ok, otherwise i’m really not interested.

  10. This is going to be so boring.. Unless I’m missing something it will be dejavu yet again. This franchine had its hayday, why cant it just die already.. Oh right.. Money.

  11. I wonder if this is a reboot, or just another sequel… If the future scenes are made as a direct sequel to Salvation, then the storyline just continues, with convoluted time travel messing with everything. (this also allows T:TSCC to also be in line, if they want to connect it)

  12. I can’t say I’m too excited for this. I just hope to god Arnie has no involvement in this film.
    Having said that I’ll certainly check it out and judge it when it releases.

  13. I don’t care about any of these casting choices, we all know why you go to a Terminator movie: Arnold. Also Escape Plan was far from a box office bomb, for it had made 120 million dollars.

  14. The concept of the film doesn’t sound fabulous to me, all very wishy wasy

  15. Really don’t feel the need for Arnie in this… Just retire gracefully dude, plenty of scope in the Terminator franchise without him.

  16. She will get typecast now.In stone-faced roles thanks to her character in GOT. Hope people dont forget that she is really a beautiful girl with lovely expressions and give her humane characters to play onscreen in films. Plus she has a killer bod for her age. Thank you GOT.

    • She has earned a shot at a big blockbuster.crash or burn she will still have thrones to shine in.

  17. Great casting of Emilia Clarke but please dont put Arnold in this movie.he is to bloody old.with a great cast and script and this director on board there is just no need for him.a cameo at most.maybe they could discover a factory were the terminators are made and find his model in the scrap cause they have developed an upgrade.its makes sense after all arn’t they supposed to be learning machines !

  18. She’s playing John Conner’s MOTHER?!

    Ah, she looks younger than the actor who is playing him…

    • Read the article brother.

      • Ah…got it.

  19. I like the idea of Emilia playing the role of Sarah Conner. I think it works!

  20. I hope her acting has improved since that awful performance she put on as Holly Golightly for the live Breakfast at Tiffany’s production.

  21. i believe that Natalia Tena would play a better Sarah Connor she has more of the look and wild aspect to her then Emilia Clarke I also believe that Emilia is already going to have a good uplift from game of thrones that Natalia clearly didnt get plus i would love to see Natalia in more bigger roles

  22. Salma Hayek to be Sarah Connor

    • Dwayne the rock Johnson as the terminetor
      Salma Hayek to be Sarah Connor
      in more bigger roles

      • Salma Hayek to be Sarah Connor
        in more bigger roles all that happen with the terminator and john , Reese and Sarah

        • Salma Hayek as Sarah Connor give her a blond and brown ish wig looks real in terminator reboot
          Or Emilia Clarke

    • Salma Hayek to be Sarah Connor or Mary-Louise Parker or Emilia Clarke

  23. DwAyne Johnson as the terminetor

  24. Cillisn muprphy as john Connor please

  25. Mae gyllenhaal Reese connor

  26. Hugh Jackman should have bin terminator remake?
    Hugh Jackman as the terminator

  27. Maybe Julianne Moore as Sarah Connor

  28. Salma Hayek to be Sarah Connor or Mary-Louise Parker or Emilia Clarke or Maybe Julianne Moore as Sarah Connor