Jason Clarke in Talks to Play John Connor in 'Terminator' Reboot; Sarah Connor Role Awaiting Decision
Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, White House Down) is being eyed to play John Connor in the new Terminator reboot for Paramount, Annapurna Pictures, and Skydance Productions.
Though Tom Hardy was rumored to be the top choice, the filmmakers have still landed a fantastic actor for the role. I've heard nothing but great things about Clarke from all the good movies he's done that I haven't seen (I know, I should) and he fits that rugged, seen-some-shit look they were going for with Hardy in mind for John Connor. Great choice.
Along with this, it seems director Alan Taylor and Paramount are at odds over who to cast as Sarah Connor.
If you recall a few days back, it was reported Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, no relation to Jason) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street) were the two finalists for the role. Well, it seems they both went in to re-test this week and are now on a holding contract until the 15th.
Taylor wants his Game of Thrones girl, Clarke, while the studio wants Larson, who they feel is an up and coming star. Personally, I like Larson better as she seems to be the more talented actress (Oscar buzz for Short Term 12) as well as having that innocent, girl next door look Linda Hamilton had back in the original. Clarke looks like 'if Sarah Connor were the hottest girl in school and nobody noticed'.
A decision is expected soon.
Finally, word is that the plot will revolve around a pivotal moment from the 1984 classic that changes the Terminator timeline. I have no idea what that 'moment' might be, but seeing as if they are still yet to cast Kyle Reese, I wonder if he'll live instead of dying.
We shall see.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to his signature role as well (though it's not known how much screentime he'll actually have).
Source: The Wrap