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Possible Connection Between TERMINATOR GENESIS and the Original; DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith Joins the Cast

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Terminator: Genesis (tentative title) looks like it might really affect the established Terminator timeline.  Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is young again, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is still young, and John Connor (Jason Clarke) is older than the both of them.  There’s also an old T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the mix.  With four movies already laid out (I’m assuming the new film will ignore the The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV Show entirely), and Genesis functioning as a spinoff/sequel/prequel/reboot-thing instead of a straight-up remake, how will the upcoming picture tie into the overall story?

Keep in mind that the following might be considered a spoiler, so read on at your own peril. To give you time to look away, here is a fun acting tidbit from the film that should excite Doctor Who fans with the announcement that Matt Smith has joined the cast.  Per the press release, “Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”  The cast also includes J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Byung Hun Lee.  Terminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.

According to HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny [via JoBlo], here’s how the two movies connect:

There is a scene in the script where, literally, we see the scene from the first TERMINATOR film where Arnold steps out, the punks threaten him, he rips Bill Paxton‘s heart out and takes his clothes and wanders off. And as soon as that scene ends, another Arnold Schwarzenegger who is older and beared and a very different version of the Terminator walks in from the side and plays another scene right at the scene of that first incident.

As JoBlo points out, it was actually Brian Thompson who got his heart ripped out, but that’s neither here nor there.  The important thing is that this is an intriguing way to bring the films together, although I’m not sure how this shakes out in terms of the narrative.  Is this a Back to the Future: Part II thing where the stories run concurrently, or is this the establishment of an alternate timeline a la J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek?  It could be something else entirely.  Only time will tell with this time travel  business. I think Randy, Justin, Amanda, and I need to discuss the ramifications of time travel on the podcast again.


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