We don't have a TARDIS, but we do have a Time Lord: we're pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator." Skydance tweeted.
Paramount later added that Smith will play a new character with a strong (perhaps blood-related?) connection to John Connor, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee, which only adds to the hype. Alan Taylor is set to direct the film with a screenplay co-written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier
As far as plot details go, we have about as much an idea as anyone. Drew McWeeney of HitFlix asserted that the film would be a little bit like Back To The Future, in that it would fold into the first film in the series, which would be fun, but complicated.
“There’s a scene in the script where literally, we see the scene in the first Terminator where Arnold steps out, the punks threaten him, he rips Bill Paxton’s heart out and takes his clothes and wanders off. McWeeney stated in a video reveal. “And as soon as that scene ends, another Arnold Schwarzenegger who’s older, and bearded and a very different version of the Terminator, comes walking in from the other side and plays another scene, right at the scene of that first incident.”
My personal interest in the film spiked 10-fold when I heard that the great Matt Smith would be dawning a role in the film, and with Schwarzenegger among the cast as well as an older version of the original terminator, it's hard not to get excited about it.
As a movie lover, and a small-time nerd, this excites me. As a movie critic, I'm a little apprehensive. We've seen reboot after reboot, and we've even gotten to see great directors reshape the original canon to make a smooth transition into their own take (see; J.J. Abrams' Star Trek), but we rarely get a good example of what Hollywood is capable of, and ultimately, the whole thing falls apart with either too many special effects, too much emphasis on explosive action, or a heavy amount of drama that stretches itself (unnecessarily) over two hours, and ultimately, makes you kind of feel like you're trapped watching it.
Hopefully this won't be the case, and even more hopefully we'll get to see Matt Smith put his theater training to the real test with at least one dramatic monologue. For those who don't know, here's a video of just one of Smith's amazing speeches he made as "The Doctor" on the long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who from 2010-2013.
Terminator: Genesis is set to open on July 1, 2015.