Deadline is reporting that Zero Dark Thirty actor Jason Clarke is in early talks to take on the role of John Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot, which is rumored to be titled “Terminator: Genesis.” This announcement comes just one week after “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke emerged as the frontrunner for the Sarah Connor role, with Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson still in contention as well.Casting is still coming together for the project as it is reportedly looking to cast a new Kyle Reese, the father of John Connor, as well.
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, Terminator will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are attached to write the screenplay.
Jason Clarke stars in 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opposite Andy Serkis. The trailer for that film is due to be revealed next Wednesday.
If both he and Emilia were cast, it will certainly create problems for writers and journalists wishing to refer to the stars by their surnames, as Jennifer and Francis Lawrence did for Catching Fire!
The Alan Taylor-directed film is slated to hit theaters on July 2, 2015.