Emilia Clarke Officially Cast as Sarah Connor in 'Terminator: Genesis'

December 16, 2013
Source: Variety

Emilia Clarke

After being the mother of dragons on "Game of Thrones," the HBO series star is now the mother of John Connor. Variety reports Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the fantasy adaptation, has landed the role of Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis after being pegged an early favorite when testing with actresses like Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Short Term 12) and Margot Robbie, though the latter never read for the part. Now the deal is done and Clarke is on board the film after we learned Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke (no relation) entered talks to play her son John Connor. Now Kyle Reese needs to be cast.

In the original film, Kyle Reese saves Sarah Connor from the first Terminator sent back in time to prevent John Connor from being born and leading a fight against Skynet and the machines. As now, some of the names being considered are Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Boyd Holbrook (Milk, Behind the Candelabra). Out of that trio, Hoult would be my pick, but we'll see what happens. We're still not sure what story the franchise reboot is going for, but we've heard that a new TV series might set up the universe before the film arrives on July 1st, 2015.

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Great casting but this franchise is just getting confusing with all the different iterations since T2. I guess a reboot is what is needed if they want to continue these films with a new cast. Can't wait to see where this all goes.

David Diaz on Dec 16, 2013


Is this really necessary? The Terminator and Terminator 2 are two iconic action movies from the 80's and by no means are contextually relevant today. 25 years ago we were crazy about robots and a dystopian future, today we are crazy about not having any new idea and re-doing stuff just for the sake of it. I'm glad that Ghostbusters 3 it's a dead end.

capitandelespacio on Dec 16, 2013


Eh, it's like Star Wars, Star Trek, and any other major SF/F franchise: it's a large mythology that can support multiple stories and re-interpretations. And I'd actually argue that the idea of a technological singularity is more relevant than ever today, as A.I. continues to advance. I agree that over-saturation is a problem, but I actually feel like Terminator has a lot left to give if only someone would mine the material properly (hint: it's not just an action movie). Let's hope this team knows what they're doing.

Ali Miller on Dec 16, 2013


Really? We are closer now than ever to the Singularity that could produce a skynet type AI. I would say there is PLENTY of room to explore an AI driven Apocalypse. No to mention that is is still a very popular IP with a large fanbase.

Brian Sleider on Dec 16, 2013


Completely agree with capitandelespacio. Where will this shit end? Nothing is sacred. I hope you're all looking forward to reboots of Alien, Aliens. Star Wars (original) and 2001: A Space Odyssey within the next few decades. Don't laugh. A few years ago, remakes of Total Recall and Robocop would have seemed unthinkable. Now it's The Terminator. The more people support remakes, the more chance of everything being remade. Film studios absolutely do not care about anything but money. Apparently films are not art at all, and do not deserve the respect of being left alone to occupy a place and time in history, reflective of the era in which they were made and the artists who made them - as with most paintings and music. According to the big film studios, every film is just "a property" waiting to recycled and re-released for new money. The very concept of artistic filmmaking is being trashed by this process.

crystaltowers on Dec 16, 2013


As long as people go and see these films and Hollywood gets even a modest return on investment, the system will forever be glutted with remakes and reboots.

Cal J. on Dec 17, 2013


oooo, Garrett Hedlund huh? Not bad at all.

OfficialJab on Dec 16, 2013


I am so fucking sick of these reboots/remakes.

cobrazombie on Dec 17, 2013



Have Hope on Dec 17, 2013


Interesting that two 'Game of Thrones' stars - Clarke and Lena Headey - both play Sarah Connor at different points in their respective careers. Somehow this will all lead back to Kevin Bacon.

Cal J. on Dec 17, 2013


Ugh another time-travel plot!??! The real fans of this franchise want to see the damn WAR! Not the boring chase movie tedium that was the previous installments.

SkyNet300 on Dec 19, 2013


Although I must say I do love Jason Clarke....miss Bale still lol.

SkyNet300 on Dec 19, 2013


Remaking Terminator movies? I remember when it took them 40 years to decide to do a remake. Hollywood has officially run out of ideas!

Eutychus on Apr 4, 2014

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