'Terminator: Genesis' Testing Jai Courtney and Sam Reid for the Role of Kyle Reese

Boyd Holbrook, Tom Cocquerel and Wilson Bethel will also test for this final major character. Testing happens this Monday.
Paramount, Skydance and Annapurna are looking to fill the last major piece of their Terminator: Genesis cast, and will be testing Jai Courtney (best known for A Good Day to Die Hard) and Sam Reid (seen in the upcoming The Railway Man) for the role of Kyle Reese this Monday.

Also testing on Monday are the lesser-known actors Boyd Holbrook (Out of the Furnace), Wilson Bethel (The CW's Hart of Dixie), and Tom Cocquerel (a true newcomer with no substantial roles to his name yet).

Michael Biehn originated the role of Kyle Reese in the original 1984 classic The Terminator. The character was sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor and ends up becoming the father to the future savior of mankind, John Connor.

The character isn't as precious as some in pop culture, with Jonathan Jackson playing the role in the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Anton Yelchin playing a younger, pre-Sarah Connor version in the failed reboot Terminator Salvation.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has already signed onto play Sarah Connor, with the older Jason Clarke (no relation) playing her son John. Arnold Schwarzenegger has before in the past confirmed that he will 'be back' as the iconic title character, but that has never been confirmed by the studios.

Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor will direct. No plot details have been revealed at this time, though there will be an element of time travel. The fact that John is older than Sarah in the movie brings up an interesting question about how things are being literally rebooted. Its possible that the fifth film will take a page out of the Star Trek playbook, and completely re-write the history that was previously in play.

Paramount originally wanted the slighty more well known actors Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund to audition, but neither parties were interested. This led the studio to focus on actors who are still trying to make a name for themselves, some more so than others at this point.

Skydance and Annapurna are co-financing the project alongside Paramount. Patrick Lussier, best known for directing genre thrillers Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D, is writing the screenplay.

Terminator Genisys comes to theaters July 1st, 2015 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Douglas Smith, Dayo Okeniyi. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.


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  1. Rexorthedestroyer

    Yeah like Anton Yelchin

    7 months agoby @RexorthedestroyerFlag

  2. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I've never heard o neither of them. They need to cast an actor who that is more well known.

    8 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic i would go for Courtney

    8 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  4. JasonKat

    @artkid04
    While that is true, He still left a bad taste in my mouth after watching "A Good Day to Die Hard".
    What that means is...Normally when watching an unknown actor for the first time take on a big movie-role such as this1, that should of been hit, failed, you just cant help but to hate the guy. Now I know its not always their fault, its the story that sucks, sometimes, directors direction, and or other things that dont add up to past films.
    Example willis nailed it in the first film, there4 he left us liking what we saw & wanting more. then came part2 (which wasnt all that great) but he still gave his best performance.
    but its not just die hard or willis its alot of other films and or actors, directors that fail sometimes. nobodys perfect.
    If Jai Courtney happens to get cast as Kyle Reese, He sure better get it right, and the director better know what hes doing as well.
    He does look like he could fit in that role but can he act, is the big question!

    8 months agoby @jasonkatFlag

  5. Celestialforthcoming

    no, not jai courtney.

    8 months agoby @CelestialforthcomingFlag

  6. artkid04

    @jasonkat, he didn't kill the movie, the writer and the director did it in, I like him, I'd think he'd be good as Kyle reese

    8 months agoby @artkid04Flag

  7. Sean

    I wish they would look for someone more well known as an actor for the role of Kyle Reese, instead of someone who that's an unknown actor.

    8 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. dcrock

    He didn't ruin die hard. It just was horrible no matter who was in it. But I still wouldn't want him in this.

    8 months agoby @dcrockFlag

  9. JasonKat

    i hate this guy, ever since he fuked up my "die hard"! (Which i thought was the worst movie ever made.) and now they wanna mess with terminator,

    8 months agoby @jasonkatFlag