Annapurna Pictures, Skydance Productions, and Paramount Pictures are looking to reboot the Terminator film series, with Terminator 5 kicking off a planned new trilogy in 2015. Considering that the film is called Terminator 5 (at the moment, anyway), it feels as if the reboot might mostly line up with the existing one, just like J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot series. Rumored T5 director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) has already hinted that the franchise should return to the science fiction glory that was established with the first two movies. If that’s the case, the new casting rumors for Terminator 5 suggest the film might feature heavy time travel elements.
According to SchmoesKnow.com, Annapurna and Skydance are looking to cast actresses Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), or Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) in the role of Sarah Connor. It appears that this version of Sarah Connor would closely resemble Linda Hamilton’s twentysomething iteration from the original Terminator film. So will Terminator 5 take place in the ’80s?
Schmoes Know also claims the production is looking at actors Boyd Holbrook (The Host) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) to play the role of John Connor. Both Holbrook and Hedlund are in their early thirties, so it seems this iteration of John Connor might closely resemble Christian Bale’s iteration in Terminator Salvation. John in his early thirties and Sarah in her early twenties might mean the new film could jump from time period to time period, possibly to elude a new Terminator. It could also mean that the film might feature an alternate reality as well. I’m already getting a headache just thinking about keeping the timelines straight in my head.
If you consider these rumors with earlier reports that Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn are being considered to reprise their roles as Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, respectively, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s participation in the film, then Terminator 5 might be the film franchise’s version of an all-star game. Let’s bring back Nick Stahl, Sam Worthington, Edward Furlong, and Claire Danes while we’re at it.
Meanwhile, there are rumors that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson might be cast as the film’s Terminator killing machine. If this is the case, then Johnson might go head-to-head against Schwarzenegger. There’s not much known about the plot of Terminator 5, but it is believed that the film might be a prequel set in the 1940s or ’50s. The film would follow Sarah Connor’s parents, who are targeted for termination courtesy of yet another killer robot sent back from Skynet’s apocalyptic future. In this scenario, Schwarzenegger would allegedly play their human protector.
Screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier are tasked with penning the script for Terminator 5. Kalogridis’ writing credits include Shutter Island and the long-in-development Battle Angel for James Cameron. She also produced Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. Patrick Lussier was the writer and director of Dracula 2000 and Drive Angry.
Terminator 5 will hit theaters everywhere on July 1, 2015.