The character that Michael Biehn made awesome, Anton Yelchin made dumb, and Jonathan Jackson made boring, is returning to the big screen, as Jai Courtney has been cast as human resistance leader Kyle Reese in 2015′s Terminator: Genesis.
Skynet’s worst enemy has had quite a crisis of identity since Biehn nailed the nuance of the role in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action masterpiece, The Terminator, and his lasting imprint on the character will insure that Courtney has some substantial boots to fill. Courtney’s slim resume may make fans of the Terminator franchise, and Reese in particular, nervous about his capturing the role. His closest competition was model-turned-actor Boyd Holbrook, who while building an increasing film profile, has similarly not had his breakout role as of yet.
Nailing Kyle Reese would go a long way in helping audiences forget his wooden performance in John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard, an all-around awful experience for most all.
Jai Courtney’s major credits to this point have been as Varro in Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand alongside the late Andy Whitfield, the before mentioned disaster of a Die Hard flick with Bruce Willis, a guy that gets his ass kicked terribly by Tom Cruise in 2012′s Jack Reacher, and a role alongside Aaron Eckhart in the much-maligned, I, Frankenstein. Still, he’s a busy guy this year and into 2015, with a significant role in the film adaptation of young adult novelist Veronica Roth’s Divergent, alongside Shailene Woodley and Maggie Q, and its follow-up Insurgent. Additionally, he’s part of the cast of Joel and Ethan Coen’s biographical historical drama, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner.
The 27 year-old Australian actor joins Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke (Lawless, The Great Gatsby) who will play Sarah and John Connor, respectively. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) will be directing the Paramount and Skydance Productions’ reboot of the beloved sci-fi flick, while Arnold Schwarzenegger is due to return to the film series that cemented his name as a action star legend. Being that Jason is twenty years the senior of Emilia and Jai, and Schwarzenegger that much older than Jason Clarke, it stands to reason there will be plenty of jumping about in time in this entry into what could potentially kick off a new franchise if the box office is kind.
Terminator: Genesis will get the opportunity to make its mark, good or bad, come July 1, 2015.