Clarke, along with Brie Larson, tested for the part but sources say that the “Thrones” star was the early favorite. Sources said the studio was also interested in Margot Robbie, but she never read for the part.
Clarke’s deal closed Friday.
“Thor: the Dark World” helmer Alan Taylor is directing the film with Skydance and Annapurna co-financing along with the studio with David Ellison producing for Skydance and sibling Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script.
Plot details have not been revealed other than the project serving as the first film in a stand alone trilogy.
“Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke began negotiations this week to play the iconic role of John Connor, the son of Sarah Connor.
Besides Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to come back. The focus will now turn to casting Kyle Reese, who was played by Michael Biehn in the original.
Names of actors who are of interest are Garrett Hedlund, Nicholas Hoult and Boyd Holbrook.
The “Terminator” reboot is set to bow July 1, 2015, through Paramount. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are exec producing.
For Emilia Clarke, the role marks here first franchise pic since breaking out on the HBO drama as Daenerys Targaryen. The British thesp was most recently seen in “Dom Hemingway” with Jude Law.
She is repped by CAA and Emptage Hallett.