Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions (Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z) have staked out tomorrow as the day to launch the first proper trailer for Terminator: Genisys, a new installment in the Terminator franchise. The project features Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the T-800… albeit, one whose human flesh exterior has aged, in keeping with Arnold’s real-world age. You can watch a preview for the trailer, above.
The Genisys footage included here strives to offer a mix of nostalgia appeal – with that final shot of Arnold eying his robotic hand – and intrigue about what lies ahead, what with shots of Judgement Day happening around the globe and a (new?) version of the liquid metal T-1000 robot in action. You’ll have to wait for the full-length trailer, to see the humans in Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor’s Terminator movie.
We know that Game of Thrones‘ Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke, will be playing a very different version of the young Sarah Connor, opposite Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese; meanwhile, Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will be handling the role of grown-up John Connor. It remains to be seen what’s changed – or, rather, hasn’t changed – about Kyle from previous Terminator films, but an (unofficial) synopsis that dropped with the Genisys trailer preview may offer some clues about John’s story arc in the movie.
The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.
Assuming this plot blurb is accurate, what does that mean for Genisys? Well, if nothing else, it suggests that those longtime rumors about the movie’s script – written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – being comparable to sequels like Back to the Future Part II and/or X-Men: Days of Future Past, might be right on the money after all…
Terminator: Genisys opens in theaters on July 1st, 2015. Check back here tomorrow for the full trailer – and more!