Actors Line Up for Kyle Reese Role in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

Kyle Reese Casting Terminator Remake

Paramount, Skydance and Annapurna are co-producing and co-financing the project

With production set to get underway in the coming months, Paramount, Skydance and Annapurna look ready to close in on the last major role for there upcoming “Terminator: Genesis” reboot.

Sources tell Variety that Boyd Holbrook, Tom Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel, Sam Reid and Jai Courtney are among the actors that will test on Monday for the role of Kyle Reese. In the 1984 original, that character, played by Michael Biehn, is sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor and ends up being the father to the savior of the future, John Connor.

Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke are already on board to play Sarah and John Connor, with Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to return to his iconic role. Alan Taylor is directing.

No plot details have been released yet, but a time travel element is probably expected since Emilia Clarke and all the guys testing are younger than Jason Clarke.

Paramount had originally eyed more recognizable names like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund to test for this role. Sources say both actors didn’t want to read which led Par to focus on actors still building a pedigree.

Skydance and Annapurna are 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.

Pic is dated to bow on July 1, 2015.

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  1. Chance50/50 says:

    Of the prospects listed it will probably come down to Boyd Holbrook and Jai Courtney. Both possess the physical build, the rugged goodlooks, the blue-collar/badboy image, and the resiliency of mind to power through the role and reinvigorate this franchise. The one advantage that Jai Courtney has is that he has performed admirably before for Paramount in their hit Jack Reacher franchise.

  2. elliot diez says:

    I THINK….that Paramount should take a very close look at SAM CLAFLIN ( “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ), since the guy is clearly the spitting image of – origininal Kyle Reese – Michael Biehn…

  3. Fred says:

    “…more recognizable names like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund” ?

    Stop 10 tourists on Hollywood Blvd and show them those two names, and chances are only one or two would recognize them.

    • shelly says:

      I think what the writer meant to say was those names are more recognizable than the group of actors who agreed to read. Garrett Hedlund was in Tron 2. Nicholas Hoult was in Jack the Giant Slayer, About a Boy, and Warm Bodies though none of them have been huge hits (he’ll probably end up best known as Mr. Jennifer Lawrence).

      I would agree with the ones who’re saying this series doesn’t need to be rebooted so soon. They could never top the first two James Cameron movies anyway.

  4. Norma says:

    From Argentine I say: I like Wilson Bethel so much. He is a very good actor, and he looks wonderful too, but…I feel this movie would be terrible. Good luck for Wilson.

  5. Alex says:

    The fact that this had both Brie Larsen and Tatiana Maslany up for Sarah Connor and they chose Emilia Clarke just shows what a flop this is going to be.

  6. Bill B. says:

    The fact that Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund wouldn’t even read for this is indicative as to what a mistake this re-boot is. It was a great series of films. I even liked the Bale/Worthington film. I even liked the TV show, but nobody is interested in seeing Schwarzenegger in this kind of role anymore. He keeps trying for a comeback and keeps failing. This is is last trump card, but I predict it will be a major mistake. Unless Maria and the housekeeper literally cleaned him out, he needs to call it a day as an actor.

  7. harry georgatos says:

    SALVATION was a monumental bland stinker and I wouldn’t give director McGee a mop job! The reboot has to be dark and disturbing with neat twists on the paradox of time-travelling that SALVATION never had. I don’t know about the director of the new THOR movie helming this reboot? It needs to be dark and disturbing like Cameron’s original and the sequel! RISE OF THE MACHINES and SALVATION have given the franchise a black eye!

  8. Doug says:

    I say bring back Michael Biehn… With the time travel element, he could be an integral part to the next or future instalments in the franchise.

  9. Matt says:

    “Their”, not “there”. Does anybody proofread anymore?

  10. Mick says:

    If Terminator Salvation didn’t work with the hottest working actor right out of The Dark Knight I doubt it will work with some tv actors and the poor man’s Joel Edgerton, who’s the poor man’s Tom Hardy.

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