‘Terminator: Genesis’ Casts ‘Doctor Who’ Alum Matt Smith in ‘Major Role’

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Principal photography on the Terminator movie franchise reboot – heavily rumored to be titled Terminator: Genesis – began more than a week ago, yet over the past few days we’ve gotten some additional casting news for the film. Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed to be playing an aged version of the T-800; unofficially, the movie’s storyline is said to involve Arnold’s old cyborg protecting Sarah Connor (now played by Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke) at different points and events in history – including, moments that were depicted in previous Terminator installments.

Actor and body-builder, Aaron Williamson may well be playing the young version of the T-800,; if the rumored storyline is accurate, then he might be helping to recreate scenes featured in past Terminator movies in Genesis, among other things.

Casting-wise, we also know for certain that Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is playing an older John Connor from the post-Judgement Day future setting, while Jai Courtney (Divergent) is the latest actor recruited to play John’s father, Kyle Reese. Last, but not least, Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) will play the grown-up son of the man responsible for designing the technology that, in the previous Terminator films, led to the A.I. Skynet.

Skydance Productions has now officially confirmed that ex-Doctor Who star Matt Smith – who, obviously, is no stranger to the time-traveling/sci-fi sub-genre – will be playing a role in the upcoming Terminator reboot. In addition, Deadline is reporting that Smith will have a “major role” in the movie, which shall grow into something even more substantial in the second and third installment in the new planned Terminator trilogy (which, rumor has it, will be shot back-to-back).

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Smith, you may recall, was also rumored to join the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII over the past year, and will next show up in Ryan Gosling’s directorial feature debut, Lost River (previously known as How to Catch a Monster). He’s clearly been interested in pursuing a larger film-acting career since finishing his tenure as The Doctor, so it should be interesting to see how prominent Smith’s mysterious Terminator character becomes in future installments – assuming they happen, of course.

Indeed, seeing how director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is the one calling the shots on Terminator: Genesis – drawing from a script written by screenwriter/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and writer/director Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Drive Angry) – it’s difficult to gauge just how this film is shaping up, as far as its artistic quality goes. With a strong cast in place for this fifth Terminator installment and beyond, though, that’s at least one good sign for the future.


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

Source: Skydance Productions, Deadline

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  1. Matt Smith in a major role in the new Terminator film?

    Yeah, I’m officially done with this franchise now.

    • Alright Dazz, let’s do this. Why do you hate the guy SO much? He’s a better actor than Tennant was.

      • I’ll have a go. I’m not the biggest Dr. Who fan but I liked Tennant a lot more than Smith, who was annoying and silly. He also looks weird. I almost stopped watching the show but Amy and Clara managed to hold my attention.

        • I enjoyed his approach to the character. I think, after going back and re watching Tennant run, he comes off as very naive and whiney. Constantly saying “I’m sorry” after everything that happens to go south. I think Smith’s Doctor had many more layers to him.

          • i think most people would agree: we haven’t really seen much else of smith to know how good he’ll be. making judgements based on….what you don’t know, is laughable.

        • Actually Doc Who Season 5-7 were bad BECAUSE of Amy. Janna and Matt were a great team!

  2. I’m pumped. He’s a talented guy and will obviously have fun with the role he’s givien.

  3. I hope the Terminator’s don’t start saying “Delete” or “Exterminate”!

  4. So that’s how the terminators go back in time.

  5. Im not a fan of Matt Smith either I don’t think hes a very good actor.

  6. Anyone think this 5th film takes place after Salvation in a small way like sequel/reboot way? It’s got me wondering if we will see more post Judgement Day scenes aswell as sending a terminator back in time or something. I wonder if we will see the whole thing happen this time since we never seen Skynet & the resistance send back anyone to the past is all.

  7. He does not strike me as John C., so Kyle Reese?

  8. bat-mite love the name but the article says jai courtney is playing kyle reese..i have to say i love the first 2 terminators like most sci-fi fans but even though t4:salvation was better than t3:rise of the machines but both were not a patch on the first 2 and even though i’m highly sceptical about this entry in the franchise i like what i’ve heard about the premise it sounds interesting and alan taylor is from game of thrones and i enjoyed thor the dark world so i hold out just a little bit of hope for this terminator just a little bit.

  9. I’ll give this one a watch when it comes out on Netflix.

  10. This whole project is just ridIculous from start to finish. Aged Terminator??? LOL

  11. I don’t see why aging living tissue over the endoskeletons is such a weird thought.
    It makes perfect sense to me, especially if u want Schwarzenegger back in the role that made him famous.
    I thought the CGI Ahnold from salvation was ok’ish, decent attempt but we are still quite a few years away from cgi characters that can escape that “uncanny valley”.

  12. I don’t like him but I’ve still got a good feeling about this movie, unlike the last two.

  13. How do they plan on filming two huge films back to back when Emilia Clarke has a huge commitment to Game of Thrones? If she leaves GoT, I for one would not be happy. Then again, given the shows track record, who’s to say Danaerys will even be alive come that time.

  14. Hmm, English Actor – major role..

    It’ll all be his fault in some way ;) The creator of Skynet?