For the past couple of months Paramount has been busy putting together the cast for Terminator: Genesis. Now Deadline reports that the role of Kyle Reese is down to two actors, Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook.
Both actors were on a shortlist revealed last month, alongside Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) and newcomer Tom Cocquerel. However it now appears the decision is between Courtney and Holbrook.
Michael Biehn played Kyle Reese in the original 1984 The Terminator, who was a soldier sent back from the future to protect resistance leader John Connor’s mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) from Arnie’s killer cyborg. He ends up becoming John’s father. Anton Yelchin played the role in Terminator Salvation.
For the new film, Jason Clarke will be John Connor, with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also onboard in a currently unconfirmed role whose exact role has not been confirmed. Due to the ages of the actors, it seems like the movie will take place both in the future and some years earlier in the past, possibly before (or simultaneous to) the events of the first movie.
Alan Taylor is directing from a screenplay by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis. it’s not clear when it will shoot.