‘Terminator: Genesis’ Casts ‘Hunger Games’ Actor; Trilogy Filming Plans Revealed

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Paramount’s Terminator reboot – currently known as Terminator: Genesis – begins shooting very soon on sound stage in Louisiana (and possibly locations in California from previous Terminator films), under the supervision of Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor.

Plot-wise, official details are scarce, though Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he will play a version of the T-800 robot whose biological exterior has aged, while other iconic Terminator roles have been recast – with Game of Thrones fan-fave Emilia Clarke playing Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Plant of the Apes) cast as Sarah’s grown-son John in the future, and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent) set to portray John’s father and Sarah’s protector-turned lover, Kyle Reese.

Recently, we learned of another key character in the Genesis script written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The player in question is Danny Dyson, the grown-up son of Miles Dyson – played by Joe Morton in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In that movie, M. Dyson was the man responsible for designing the computer system that would give rise to the sentient Skynet – and, in turn, the resultant war between the machines and humanity.

The role – described by Deadline as “a Steve Jobs genius who figures heavily into the conclusion of the film” – has gone to Dayo Okeniyi, whom many will recognize as Thresh from The Hunger Games; he’s also recently played supporting roles in such films as The Spectacular Now and Runner Runner, among others. Okeniyi’s long done fine work as a supporting player, so it’s encouraging to hear that the Terminator reboot will provide him with a chance to prove that he’s capable of more than just background acting.

We heard earlier this week that John Boyega (Attack the Block) was also being eyed for the Danny Dyson role in Genesis. The British actor was previously shortlisted for a leading role in Star Wars: Episode VII – the same role that Deadline reports Okeniyi was considered to test for – though that doesn’t guarantee that Boyega now has a better shot at landing a Star Wars role (though it doesn’t hurt his chances, either).

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It’s long been reported that Genesis will be the beginning of a new standalone Terminator movie trilogy – as opposed to, a continuation of the post-Judgement Day trilogy narrative that was set in motion by the previous installment, Terminator Salvation in 2009. The aforementioned Deadline article mentions that the plan is for the second and third films in this new trilogy – which will happen so long as Genesis doesn’t bomb at the box office (*knock on wood*) – to “be done back to back over nine months.”

Sequels that film back-to-back have a strong box office track record, but the general rule of thumb is that this approach usually sacrifices artistic quality for speediness in product output (see: the decidedly lukewarm reception for the second and third films in the Matrix and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogies, which filmed in this manner). The reasoning that goes against that approach is that the required shooting period for two films in a row – much less two spectacle-heavy blockbusters – is simply too strenuous for a single director and their crew to handle. (Well, unless you’re Peter Jackson, I suppose.)

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However, in the case of Terminator, the logistics of this decision are seemingly as much practical in their nature as they are motivated by studio executives – who are, in turn, driven by the bottom line and a desire to maximize profits while minimizing costs – seeing how the Terminator franchise rights will revert back to James Cameron in 2019.

Thanks to that looming deadline hanging overhead, there’s a decent amount of pressure on the filmmakers to get this new Terminator trilogy moving down the assembly line in a timely fashion. Not to mention, Schwarzenegger isn’t getting any younger (he’ll be turning 67 in July), and there’s also a tie-in Terminator television series to be made, on top of the movies. So, we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that all of these Terminator projects won’t end up being rushed to their doom, basically…


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

Source: Deadline

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  1. If his acting is well enough…Black Panther canidate??

    • Djimon Hounsou!!! Djimon Hounsou!!! He is not too old! “Black don’t crack!”

      • He is already in GOTG

      • I had to read that comment twice..I thought it said “Blacks don’t do crack!” Whew!

        I’ll be watching Terminator: Genesis on Netflix when available. The actor up above though just does not quite look like someone I would imagine being Black panther (although I look forward to seeing BP either teaming up with Cap in a Captain America movie, such as Falcon is doing right now; or seeing BP perhaps in Avengers #3).

  2. actually…he might be a little too young for BP

  3. This are actors who will have supporting roles. In the end what matters is how the story develops between miss Clark and Schwarzenegger.

    On the one hand, PotC 2 and 3 were good films actually, they live up to fans expectations. The Matrix 2 and 3 on the hand were not great but really fun to watch.

    Every time I watch them, I don’t get bored.

  4. Erratum: on the other hand.

  5. Here is a crazy idea,why don’t they write a fresh new story, based in the amazing world created by james cameron in the original terminator movies,with all its endless story and character possibilites. But no! instead they are desperately trying to write a script around a pensioner,and bunch of rehashed characters,from a long dead franchise.

  6. Can’t they just talk to James Cameron to make the 3rd movie beyond 2019 rather than rushing 2nd and 3rd movie altogehter? Audience want quality movie. It’s kind of sad to hear that terminator won’t be like star wars and jurassic world, both of which actually take time to create better script.

  7. The only line that got me excited was “The rights will revert back to james cameron”

  8. James Cameron would never make a third Terminator. He’s far way too busy with Avatar 2, 3 & 4.

  9. What? Like the trilogy based on Terminator: Salvation? Every little official scrap of information released points towards another stinker. I want another great Terminator film, but I think T2 was where it stopped. I hope I’m wrong, but the word of mouth will have to be good for me to see this one….

    • Not sure why people did’t like T4..i mean Christian Bale was John Connor..it was good and visually good.

      It stopped that Terminator vs Terminator story (which was good for the first two films)
      and expanded on the universe of the war with the machines..

      if anything start with a quasi prequel that tells the story of Sarah Conners day dreams during T2 or Kyle Reese’s flash backs during T1

      T3 was redundant and anything like it will be as well. especially a movie where its old terminator arnold vs a yound t-800 model which it is starting to allude to, that is juuust laaaame (wonder if it will be a young cgi arny! lol).

      but to quote the Dude…thats just like my opinon man.