Jason Clarke & Matt Smith Gear Up in 'Terminator: Genisys' First Look
We already know production is complete on the forthcoming franchise reboot Terminator: Genisys, and now we're just waiting for the film to arrive next summer. Up until now, the only official photo released came from Arnold Schwarzenegger after shooting was completed, but now EW has given us a first look at Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor and Matt Smith playing a new character in the series. The new film begins in 2029 and finds Kyle Reese being sent back to 1984 again, however, the timeline is much different than when he was sent back in The Terminator.
First up, here's the Entertainment Weekly covers with a first look at Terminator: Genisys:
As far as this new timeline, EW explains that when Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 this time, he doesn't meet an innocent Sarah Connor who has no idea what's going on. At age 9, Sarah found herself orphaned by a Terminator at just 9 years old. And since then, she's been raised by Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator, a T-800 model who she calls Pops and is programmed to guard her rather than kill. This is the aged Terminator we've heard about, which is possible because the material used to make him look human is organic (according to James Cameron). And since she's been raised by a Terminator now, she's not the friendliest person, but she is rather skilled with a sniper rifle.
Well, that's certainly a different approach to The Terminator franchise, one that sounds like it could be the plot of an indie sci-fi film as opposed to a franchise reboot of James Cameron's sci-fi thriller. At the very least, we're glad it's a fresh twist on a franchise that grew somewhat tired in the later installments, but it just might be too weird for audiences to buy in. The real selling point will be how the story plays out and whether or not Schwarzenegger works as an aged T-800 cyborg, and that's up to Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor to make work. Anyway, we'll probably see some more photos from the film (arriving on July 1, 2015) soon, maybe even a teaser trailer, so stay tuned.