New 'Terminator' Sarah Connor Shortlist Names Emilia Clarke & More

November 11, 2013
Source: THR

Emilia Clarke

The reboot of Terminator is slated to arrive in the summer of 2015, which means production will begin early next year. But first, the cast needs to be assembled, and Paramount already has a shortlist of actresses testing for the prominent role of Sarah Connor, the mother of John Connor played by Linda Hamilton in the first two movies in the original franchise. The character started as a damsel in distress, and then turned into a hard-ass in the sequel. So who is in the running this time? THR says Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) on the shortlist.

For my money, Clarke is easily the best choice for the role. She's already proven she can be tough as nails and intimidating as hell in "Game of Thrones" and that will become a key element to the character. Larson certainly has the acting chops to pull it off, but we've yet to see her get into any real action, but this year's performance in Short Term 12 show she has some powerful talent that is helping her as a rising leading lady. Finally, Robbie is just blossoming after the ABC series "Pan-Am" didn't pan out, but she reportedly puts in a great supporting performance in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Schmoes Know had the original report (improving their status as scoopers), and now it has been confirmed. In addition, Paramount also has their eye on a couple actors to play Kyle Reese, the man who will father John Connor. Garrett Hedlund is the only name confirmed to test for the role in the future, despite the mention of Boyd Holbrook, who reportedly is not in the running. And before you start thinking John Connor won't be in the reboot, that's not the case, and director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) has a wishlist with Tom Hardy on top, but he hasn't been approached for the role yet. As of now, only Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed to return for the new trilogy. Who do you want in Terminator?

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If Clarke gets it the fanboys might not riot about the reboot...

Bl00dwerK on Nov 11, 2013


She looks good naked

Buford on Nov 11, 2013


That she does...

Bl00dwerK on Nov 11, 2013


Daenerys Targaryen..? Why not Cersei Lannister =) She was a great choice for the show

Rich Hill on Nov 11, 2013


What a trendy bunch of actors. Not that they are terrible, but they are on every blockbuster director's wishlist.

germss on Nov 11, 2013


One of them better wear an eyepatch!

DAVIDPD on Nov 11, 2013


why do we need a reboot at all ? The only problem with T1 is that it LOOKS dated . Otherwise , nothing needs changing . they're going to have to build an 80's type set , use 80's clothing styles , anyway ...T2 can stand for another 50 years on its OWN , story- and technology-wise . Can T3 be improved is the question ? Salvation was ok just nothing special . We're a little tired of big shiny robots , as DOFP might find out ...

Dominic on Nov 12, 2013


I don't want the reboot. I want the future war.

Thomas Andersen on Nov 12, 2013


Sarah Connor in new trylogy of Terminator? Only Lena Headey!

S. on Dec 6, 2013

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