Best known for his role as Thresh in Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games,” Okeniyi has been tapped to play Miles Dyson’s son in the latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise.
He joins Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke, who had already signed on to the pic. Alan Taylor is directing.
Plot details have not been revealed, other than this is the first film in a standalone trilogy. In “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” Dyson, played by Joe Morton, was the scientist who helped in creating Cyberdyne Systems, the computer system that started the war between the machines and humans.
Dyson is killed in the pic, but his son is featured briefly in the film. How he plays into this new standalone trilogy is unknown.
Skydance will finance along with the studio, with David Ellison producing for Skydance. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script.
Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are on as exec producers. Paramount will handle distribution.
Besides “Hunger Games,” Okeniyi’s past credits include “The Spectacular Now,” “Runner Runner” and most recently Universal’s “Endless Love.” He is repped by UTA and Sweeney Entertainment.