Terminator Genesis Begins Filming. Is The Rock Joining Them?

Herner Klenthur

Annapurna Pictures new Terminator movie ‘Terminator Genesis’ is finally getting ready to begin filming and this is good news for fans of the billion dollar franchise.

The production team are heading to New Orleans and will begin shooting on April 21st according to a tweet by Production Weekly.

Alan Taylor who most recently directed the comic book flick ‘Thor’ has been tapped to direct the reboot of the franchise with the stunning Emilia Clarke starring as Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke starring as John Connor. ( I have no idea if there is any relation between the two actors ).

Emilia Clarke is of course best known for her work in Game of Thrones. Playing Sarah Connor is no easy task because unlike some films were women are relegated to mindless eye candy Sarah Connors character is complex and filled with depth. Not just anyone can step up and play that role well and I for one think Emilia Clarke can. Her work on Game of Thrones has shown she has the ability to evolve her character and play a complex role while still maintaining her femininity. 

I am excited to see what Emilia brings to the character of Sarah Connor but there is no denying she will have her hands full trying to fill the boots that Linda Hamilton wore. 

Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor in Terminator Genesis

Although Kyle Reese has not yet been cast Boyd Holbrook, Tom Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel, Sam Reid, and Jai Courtney are said to be among the actors that are trying to snag the role of Kyle Reese.

In Terminator Genesis our favorite ex-Governor Arnold will also return and according to The Examiner his role will be as game changing as when he returned in Terminator 2 as the hero. They say that writers Patrick Lussier ( Drive Angry 3D) and Laeta Kalogridis ( Avatar ) are looking to stun fans with a massive plot twist. Quote;

Incredibly, Arnold Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family.

One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.

The idea that Skynet has given up on trying to kill the elusive Sarah Connor and instead is going to go back and kill her grandparents is definitely an interesting concept but the timeline doesn’t work well unless they plan to do three different ‘time jumps’ in the same movie.

Jason Clarke who is playing John Connor is 20 years old than Emilia Clarke which to me indicates that Terminator Genesis will at least have some basis in the future war with Skynet. Emilia being so much younger than Clarke also means we will be jumping at least 20 years back in time to replay the relationship between Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor.

Adding in a third jump back to the 50’s to incorporate Arnold is not going to work in a single film. Unless of course Annapurna and their team are actually serious about a trilogy and are willing to be patient and spread the story over three films like they should instead of cramming every ‘whizz bang’ into the first film to maximize box office draw.

I think that Annapurna Pictures needs to look at what worked in the original film and take the entire franchise back to its roots. Make Termiantor scary again. Make Terminator Genesis dark and gritty and since they say it’s a three-part trilogy do that. Do not get so focused on making the first film work that you sacrifice the trilogy. If this is indeed a trilogy then do that! Plan on three films up front and instead of doing what the first film franchise did with ridiculous sequels that tried to fit the original vision make a story that unfolds over three films telling the story of the Rise of Skynet and the fall of Mankind. 

What do you want in Terminator Genesis? Where would you like to see the plot go? Should Arnold be returning? Do you want to see The Rock do battle with the Connors as a new type of Terminator?

Terminator Genesis will hit theaters in July of 2015. Oh and we almost forgot to remind you of those rumors of who will play the villain.  The ROCK is rumored to be playing the big bad Terminator in Terminator Genesis. Yep…. that might happen!

The Rock Terminator Genesis


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      1. Don Gowdy January 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm


      2. Nancy Bradford January 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        Hell no.

      3. Donnie Bonn January 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        i hope it doesn’t have the rock…there are tons of unknowns and bodybuilder/wrestlers that could be introduced to the world.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          i agree tons of great unknowns. they also dont need to be ‘built’ to be scary

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          They should make Derek Mears play The Terminator

        • Donnie Bonn
          Donnie Bonn January 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

          i could see derek mears in this. i hope the writers get the details right. one problem with salvation was that kyle reese saw the arnold terminator, in the original he specifically stated he did not know what the terminator sent back to kill sarah connor looked like.

      4. Andrew Sedlack January 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        Yo fire Vincent Ryan

      5. Jason Farrell January 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        Cory! Cory! Cory! I’m passing out…..

      6. Ryan Nicholas January 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm


      7. Terry Case January 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        That would be awesome.

      8. Noel Sundby January 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm


      9. Abdul 'Sickboy' Rajput January 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

        No! No! No!

      10. Christina Buzzard January 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm


      11. Deuane Wood January 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        Tyler Mane should be the new Terminator

      12. Lajuanda Kirkwood January 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Oh that will be cool

      13. Mike Lyons January 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        The Rock is a fucking untalented douche bag !!! Think about it ,the new GI Joe ruined , fast and furious franchise ruined , the Mummy ruined and for Christ sake he was the fucking tooth fairy !!!

      14. Ricky Hummel January 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        Drew Davies. What u think?

      15. Drew Davies January 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

        I’m not really sure Ricky Hummel but to respond to this Mike Lyons (who should probably be wearing a helmet to sleep) the mummy was already super gay before “the Rock” got there and Fast and the Furious was horrible after the first movie, G.I. Joe was never good from the start.

      16. T100000000000 January 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        Fuck no. And that babyface as Sarah Connor? Connor’s meant to be a tough, battle-ready WOMAN, not some photogenic slut. Another Hollywood POS.

      17. Erick MoraLes McGrath January 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm


      18. John Hendricks January 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        You’re all crazy the rock would make a fucking bad ass terminator

      19. Doug Magee January 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        I predict this will be the worst Terminator movie ever.

      20. Charles Keith Thompson January 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        Just stop now ….

      21. Misty Ellison January 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        They should’ve stopped on T2. Linda Hamilton was a true bad ass. Robert Patrick was a scary bad ass. Eddie Furlong’s only decent acting performance and Arnold as a cheesy lovable good guy. Why did they mess with it & keep going.

      22. Robert Shelburne III January 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm


      23. Jack Burrage January 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

        No chance he will

      24. T.j. Morfoot January 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        Gary Robert Hopkins David Rodgers

      25. Justin Evans January 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        The Rock would be the bad Terminator

      26. Damian Dyjmo January 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        not fuckin rock again

      27. Tom Timmer January 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        Oh no.. The Terminator franchise is gonna become worse than it has already become…

      28. Rick January 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        Two things will make me go see this unwanted remake. The Rock as a new Terminator, and Aaron Paul as Kyle Reese. That is the only way they can sell me.

      29. Rick T. Foster January 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        Aaron Paul as Kyle Reese, and the Rock as a new Terminator. That’s all I ask out of this unwanted remake.

      30. Rich Kiblin January 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        I hope the fuck not. A piece of cat shit and act better then him.

      31. Mortimer January 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        Misty Ellison must not have seen American History X.

        And the Rock best stay clear of this franchise, I personally couldn’t think of anyone worse as a terminator.

      32. Rick Garcia January 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        The Rock can’t be the Terminator. When Arnold played the role, no one knew who he was…The Terminator’s mystique was embodied in Arnold. If people were to see The Rock in theatres, they’d see him as The Rock playing a Terminator, his persona eclipses the role….in what needs to be a serious movie.

      33. Matt Gambino January 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        What About Ben Affleck? Lmao

      34. Matt Wright January 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        What About Ben Affleck? Lmao

      35. Joey Hernandez January 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm


      36. Carlton W Fish January 13, 2014 at 1:13 am

        Of course he is

      37. Chris Bates January 13, 2014 at 1:37 am

        fuck if the Rock is gonna be in this movie, it will total fucking garbage!

      38. Joey Tony January 13, 2014 at 2:54 am

        Delroy Tony

      39. Andy Olearczyk January 13, 2014 at 3:38 am

        We will see how he does !

      40. Merriya Alvarado January 13, 2014 at 3:56 am

        This is horrible.,, send it straight to DVD!

      41. Anthony Harvey January 13, 2014 at 5:19 am

        This is a nightmare right?..please tell me it is..I can live with that..but how many times do they have to go to an already dried up well..how about give some of the Indies coming out of Canada and US a better budget instead of this nonsense..

      42. Neil Herbert January 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

        I hope not!!!

      43. Kristin McKissic January 13, 2014 at 7:33 am

        Eww. That was literally my first thought. No, just no. Please no.

      44. Alan Flickinger January 14, 2014 at 3:45 am

        I think they should if not this movie but the next one be the last and this should be the plot . Member T3 when john and his future wife are ridding with Arnold and she asks why she sent him back and not john ? He replied with John was dead . Then she asks how he died ? He replied that he was the one that killed him , because of how familiar and cause of johns connection with that particular model he was able to get close to him ad Off him … That should be the plot . It only makes since , also fallows the story line and then that can Be Arnolds last film then it makes sence to have others play the terminator . Remember Arnolds model is the one who kills john . ( we need to see that )

      45. tildamariahermansen January 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        In the books that follow on from T2, Arnold’s character is human, could be a really good story line if similar to the books. Furthermore Emilia Clarke, from working on Game of Thrones with Leana Heady, who was of course great as Sarah Connor in the Sarah Connor Chronicles could , I am sure, get many pointers on how to encompass all the complex aspects which make up the Sarah Connor Character

      46. Lou Ferrigno January 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

        what people seem to forget is the rock brings in box office revenue.. he is big star… the movie business is about making money and the rock makes movie producers money! the last 2 terminators have been poor who wouldn’t want to see arnie vs the rock on the big screen?! also the rock will not be in it as this shoots april 21st, the rock is shooting san andeas in april for several months.. ruling him out… i think michael shannon would make a good menacing terminator villain!! those eyes are enough to scare anybody…

      47. Clint Eaglewood January 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        Scrap all this and bring back The Sarah Conner Chronicles.That show was AWESOME!