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‘Terminator: Genisys’ plot details show reboot rather than sequel

Terminator Genisys plot

Details about the next film in the Terminator series have been released, and the description of the character of Sarah Connor seems to indicate a reboot is on the way rather than a sequel. Terminator Genisys will be the first of a planned trilogy that will reintroduce the franchise to a new audience, according to EW.

There are some spoilers for the new film, so if you don’t want to know what’s coming you may want to back off now.

The film recasts the original roles, putting Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Dom Hemingway) in the role of Sarah Connor. Joining her are Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby) as John Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also appear as an aging Terminator. Some might balk at the older Schwarzenegger returning to the role of a robot, but James Cameron recently theorized that when he worked on the Terminator films, he always considered the terminators to be robots wearing organic suits, meaning their bodies could age even if they themselves don’t.

Genisys breaks from the original series in a number of ways, beginning with the character of Sarah Connor. In the original 1984 film, she was an innocent woman, completely unaware of her destiny. In the new film though, the character will be made aware of her place in history at the age of nine. She will then be raised by the Schwarzenegger Terminator, who she refers to as “Pops.” By the time she matures and meets the time travelling Kyle Reese, she will be a socially awkward woman, but with military training. She will also excel as a sniper.

Along with the change to Sarah, there will also be more of an emphasis on the future setting, specifically the year 2026 where an older John Connor leads a group of human survivors against the robotic hordes. Connor will be joined by several others, including Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as fellow soldier. Two new terminators will be introduced as well.

“It’s like going on tour again if you’re Pink Floyd—the audience always wants to hear some of the old songs,” Smith said of the new series. “There are enough nods to the past that people will feel satisfied.”

Terminator: Genisys will be directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Kill the Poor). It will hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

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