Dayo Okeniyi (‘Runner Runner,’ ‘The Spectacular Now,’ ‘The Hunger Games’) and J.K. Simmons (‘Whiplash,’ ‘The Closer,’ ‘Spider-Man’) have become the latest additions to the cast of ‘Terminator: Genesis,’ according to Deadline.
Alan Taylor (‘Thor: The Dark World’) is behind the camera with ‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney (‘A Good Day To Die Hard’) as Kyle Reese, and Jason Clarke (‘Zero Dark Thirty’) playing their son, the leader of the rebellion against Skynet. As previously reported, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back to be reprise his role as the titular killing machine.
The screenplay by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis is said to take a similar route to J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ reboot, threading together ideas and moments from the first two ‘Terminator’ films and using Schwarzenegger’s character as the connecting tissue.
Okeniyi will be playing the son of Miles Dyson, the scientist who helped in creating Cyberdyne Systems, the computer system that started the war between the machines and humans. Simmons is taking the role of “a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades.”
Principal photography is expected kick off this spring with Skydance financing alongside Paramount Pictures. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake will serve as executive producers.