Matt Smith Joins 'Terminator: Genesis' in Major Recurring Trilogy Role

May 2, 2014

Matt Smith

Just when we though casting for Terminator: Genesis was done, a big nerdy addition to the franchise reboot has just been revealed. In addition to learning that bodybuilder Aaron Williamson plays a young T-800 Terminator, Paramount Pictures has just announced that Matt Smith, known for playing one of the iterations of "Doctor Who," is taking a role in the film, and it's actually a part that will grow into something more significant in the planned second and third films. There's no indication of who he might play, but we'll likely have a whole new cast of characters we haven't met since this sequel is said to have a lot of time travel (according to Arnold Schwarzenegger), and some new script details indicate a potentially complex timeline.

HitFix recently got ahold of a draft of Terminator: Genesis and found one of the major connections between this new film and the original James Cameron directed flick. Apparently we see the scene where the original Terminator has arrived in the past and has to deal with some punks, ripping out the heart of Brian Thompson, and walking away. Then immediately after that, an older, bearded version of the T-800 (which Schwarzenegger also mentioned previously) shows up for an entirely different scene in the same place. It sounds like maybe this movie will have a story that runs concurrently with what already exists in the Terminator universe, but maybe without creating an entirely different timeline.

It's cool that there's this connection to the original film while still having a new story to follow. However, the scene that I'd really like to see unfold is the moment during the battle in the future when Skynet is overrun and as an act of desperation, sends the Terminator back in time to kill Sarah Connor. Because then we could also see the moment between John Connor and Kyle Reese where the latter gets sent back in time to save her. And considering we have an older John Connor cast in Jason Clarke, that seems like a pretty viable option. We're still not sure what to expect from this reboot, but we'll keep you posted.

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Oo, Very interesting. I can't picture him though, wonder who he will be.

Brian Sleider on May 2, 2014


I'm not some Doctor Who/Matt Smith fan, but from what I've heard, he certainly isn't a bad actor. It will be interesting to see how/where he fits into this trilogy.

Chris Groves on May 2, 2014


curveball! suddenly i have images of Arnie wearing a fez and eating fish fingers and custard. Smith is a good actor (just check any of his non-Doctor roles to see that) and a thoroughly likeable gent, but a key role in this wholly unnecessary reboot? the mind boggles. good luck to him anyway. and they almost caught my interest with this announcement. almost.

son_et_lumiere on May 2, 2014


He can only play a bad guy because he has a sinister face...

Avi on May 4, 2014


Met him on Minneapolis WizardWorld Comic Con earlier today and asked him anything about his upcoming role in Terminator: Genesis during his Q-and-A panel.... He answered (paraphrased) "I have a chip in my brain that will explode if I say anything so, yeah...." Damn. XD

Thomas M Stripey on May 4, 2014


I wonder if he will be using an American Accent? The few times he did it on DOCTOR WHO it was usually just to say some quippy cowboy thing.

DAVIDPD on May 5, 2014


maybe he will be the human face of skynet

Michael Thomas Connors on Jun 16, 2014

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