J.K. Simmons in Talks to Take Detective Role in 'Terminator: Genesis'
After making trouble in the headlines for Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's webslinging trilogy as J. Jonah Jameson and terrorizing Miles Teller in the Sundance film Whiplash in January, actor J.K. Simmons is heading into blockbuster territory again. THR has word that Simmons is currently in talks to take a role in Terminator: Genesis, the reboot of the sci-fi franchise started by James Cameron. The actor would play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and robots for more than three decades since the story emerged in 1984 (the year the original film came out).
It sounds like there might be some kind of Star Trek reboot alternate timeline thing happening here, but we're not sure. Either way, it sounds like the film will take place in contemporary times, though maybe not present day. However, there have also been rumblings about part of the film taking place in the future during the revolution against the machines led by John Connor (Jason Clarke). We'll have to wait and see what the relationship with Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) and Sarah Connor is like as more story details show up, because right now we're not really sure what's going on. Stay tuned.