Paramount hasn't said whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for the upcoming Terminator reboot film, so Hero Complex offers up some suggestions on who might be a good replacement. (Artisan Home Entertainment; Los Angeles Times)Link
Antje Traue: Traue has honed her action-flick skills in "Pandorum" and this summer's "Man of Steel" (as General Zod's stone-hearted sidekick). Perhaps it's time to let a lady take the Terminator mantle. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch: Cumberbatch may be known to most viewers for his brainy styling as Sherlock Holmes, but as Robert Patrick in "T2" showed us, a Terminator doesn’t necessarily have to be a hulking brute. And Cumberbatch's villainous turn in "Star Trek Into Darkness" showed he could be sinister with the best of them. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)Link
Channing Tatum: When Schwarzenegger was cast in "The Terminator," his claim to fame was his hulking body, not his questionable acting skills. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we present Channing Tatum. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)Link
Chris Hemsworth: We've seen Hemsworth wield a hammer and take down aliens as Thor in the Marvel blockbusters. We've seen him defend a princess with a sword in "Snow White and the Huntsman." We'd sure love to see him as a gun-toting villain. (Michael Nelson / EPA)Link
Dave Bautista: Perhaps the new Terminator should come from a bodybuilding background, like Schwarzenegger. This mixed martial artist, bodybuilder, and former pro wrestler is best known by his ring name "Batista" for his time in WWE, but in recent years, he's made strides in Hollywood, acting in "Smallville" and "The Man With the Iron Fists" (above, left), among other roles. (Universal Pictures)Link
Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock"): The Rock is 6-foot-4. His chest measures 54 inches. His bicep is nearly 2 feet around. Enough said. (Universal Pictures)Link
Gina Carano: Carano is a retired mixed-martial arts fighter and was one of the sport's leading athletes. Her budding film career began with "Blood and Bone," and she received more recognition after her role in "Haywire." Plus, Carano used to play stunt pro "Crush" in the 2008 "American Gladiators." (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)Link
Gwendoline Christie: Towering 6-foot-3 Gwendoline Christie has proved her ability to play action as Brienne of Tarth in HBO's "Game of Thrones." If she can handle a broad sword, the Terminator's array of guns should be a piece of cake. (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)Link
James Badge Dale: James Badge Dale has been all over the summer movies of 2013, with supporting roles in "Iron Man 3," "World War Z" and "The Lone Ranger." He's proved he can be a leading man with AMC's "Rubicon," so why not let him take the lead as that lethal killing machine from the future? (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)Link
Michael Fassbender: Michael Fassbender nailed the icy precision of a robot in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." Now all he needs to do is work on his ability to ride a motorcycle and shoot big guns. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)Link
Michelle Rodriguez: Tough, sarcastic and quick with a quip, Michelle Rodriguez as the Terminator would definitely toss up expectations of the killing machine being a near monosyllabic threat. (Giles Keyte / Universal Pictures)Link
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: Jackson, an MMA fighter and former UFC light heavyweight champion, has more than a decade of Hollywood experience, recently playing B.A. Baracus in "The A-Team." A new Terminator film could be a chance for Jackson to step out of the ring and into the spotlight. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)Link
Ryan Gosling: In the "Terminator" universe, time-travel must be achieved while completely nude. Now, picture Ryan Gosling as that time traveler. Opening weekend box office through the roof. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)Link
Vin Diesel: Vin Diesel has almost achieved the Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator look through his Riddick movies, making this casting choice a no-brainer. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)Link
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building success brought him to America and afforded him a minor bit of fame, but it was his role as the leather-jacket-wearing robot assassin in “The Terminator” that made him a superstar. Now, with a Terminator reboot film scheduled for 2015, is it time for a new muscle man to take the spotlight?
The new Terminator film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy.
The movie is scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release and will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are penning the script.
Paramount hasn’t said whether Schwarzenegger will be back (see what we did there?) to reprise the role, so Hero Complex offers up some suggestions on who might be a good replacement.
Click through the gallery above for a peek at 15 possible Terminator candidates, and vote for your favorite in the poll below. Did we miss someone? Let us know in the comments.
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