‘Terminator’ reboot poll: Who should replace Arnold Schwarzenegger?

June 28, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.
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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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.

– Noelene Clark and Patrick Kevin Day | @latherocomplex


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81 Responses to ‘Terminator’ reboot poll: Who should replace Arnold Schwarzenegger?

  1. Ezeikiel says:

    The Rock is leading? The guy is a joke.

  2. Richard Brown says:

    Tom Hardy

  3. Betty Connell says:

    Bruce Willis would be perfect!

  4. taylor says:

    i say taylor lautner channing tatum or chris hemsworth

  5. Elizabeth Hodder says:

    Nobody beats Arnold as the terminator but I would love to see The rock in the role.

    • John says:

      Yeah, the Rock has the physical presence to do it, just like Schwarzennegar did,,,,much as I love Burton, good thing he isn't directing or he'd want to put like, Michael Keaton in as the Terminator!

  6. Keren says:

    Jason Momoa would be great in this role!

  7. John W. says:

    Don't even mention anyone who is under six feet tall. Gosling? Great actor, but no Terminator. Michelle Rodriguez? I love her, but that was a joke, right? Best actor (of this group) and big? Hemsworth.

  8. CeeJay says:

    Uhhhhh hello………. Jason Statham!?

  9. brian says:

    no one should replace Arnold, Hollywood needs to quit with all the reboots and come up with new material!!!

    • paul says:

      I totally agree. No one can replace arnie. And Tinseltown nee to get original. Why keep rebooting movie that are fine just as is. If anything make another prequel with Arnie.

  10. Chuck says:

    Nobody,come up with an original idea Hollywood.

    • John W. says:

      You mean original, like your comment? Hollywood is made up of people like you and me; it's not one giant, collective machine. Don't like what they're making, stop watching it and stop commenting on these posts because all you're doing is contributing to what you consider to be a problem. The other thing you can do is write something new and original yourself. 120 pages of blank paper is very inexpensive.

  11. Laurie says:

    Sorry – it's only Arnold for me. :)

  12. bbb says:

    Tom Hardy should play the terminator

  13. Jim says:

    Give it a rest. Pacific Rim a new idea will probably bring in a ton of money. Transformers was new and made a ton of money….and all they can do is rehash a Terminator? Think new ideas people.

  14. bruce patow says:

    arnold only,otherwise dont make the movie

  15. Mistrata says:

    No one can replace Arnold as the Terminator

  16. J Lowe says:

    Why care who plays the actors…what about the script? This is what's wrong with Hollywood. I have an idea for taking the series beyond the ordinary, check out my blog FamilyDie at wordpress. It goes beyond the cliche of robots gone amok and trying to kill everybody. The mass media forgets that a good actor can't rescue a horrible script. The movie will still suck. Take Star Trek's latest…one liners and bad puns at the point of death? Really? JJ knows action sequences. He doesn't know original writing, and his grasp of real science is equivalent to Daffy Duck's.

  17. trouble_maker says:

    Anthony Wiener

  18. The ghost of Jack Webb is coming back from the grave just to ask Arnold about the maid and why she was had white lip stick on-? Oh, and, my bet on he neo-Terminator is Cruise ALL_THE_WAYYYY!!!!

  19. Jason Alexander says:

    If Nathan Fillion would bulk up he would look a lot like Arnold

  20. Brian says:

    This list doesn't have anyone I could really see as and unemotional, fit, killing machine. I think Joe Manganiello could fit the bill. You should have a write in.

  21. Ben says:

    Use Arnold as the LAPD's psychologist that disproves the Terminator's existence, then kill off the character; that would be the ultimate irony!

  22. Euclides Zoto says:

    Alexander Karelyn. A couple of acting lessons and there can't be anyone else who comes close for being the new terminator.

  23. @chrisdvanne says:

    Summer Glau did an amazing job in the tv series 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'!

    TSCC provided Summer Glau with a really challenging role in that she has to play an AI being who is very, very close to reaching what Raymond Kurzweill and others have called the Singularity – when an AI becomes more intelligent than its human creators. In one episode in particular, Season 2, episode 4, entitled Allison From Palmdale, she falls into a disassociative fugue state in which she, the cyborg, cannot distinguish between her AI self and the human she is modelled on.
    Apart from being a tour de force of acting on Ms.Glau’s part, she provides a really interesting portrayal of the types of identity issues might arise with an AI that is so close to being “human”. And that is just one of many episodes. She is thrilling and compelling to watch throughout.

    it doesn't really matter what she plays, as long as she is willing to play a role Summer Glau will always be fantastic in it. Because she is a fantastic actress who is doing art, not just somebody who is in for the fame despite having no talents at all.

  24. adam rojo says:

    i vote for randy orton the viper.

  25. Chuck Johnson says:

    John Sena

  26. Mike says:

    How old is Arnie's love child? Be nice to get the kid involved with the family business.

  27. glen jenkins says:

    really liked colin farrel in the reboot of another one of arnolds films, “Total Recall, plus i think fans would relate better with him.

  28. stretcherbearer says:

    A Small Old man from Singapore, Or Woody Allen…A Wino.

  29. mike says:

    Oleg taktarov

  30. Adrien says:

    The Rock would be an awesome choice.

  31. jbelkin says:

    Colin Ferrell or Jason Momoa.

  32. Harry says:

    Reboot with a new Terminator without Arnold?
    They didn't learn there lesson from T4????
    Give us the Future war with John Connor and Arnold!
    What's all this too old talking sure he is too old but the Master himself
    James Cameron said in an interview 2010 the Avatar technology could keep
    people forever young! http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/01/16/james-cameron-a
    That was in 2010!!!!!!!! you get it the technology is still better or perfect yet!

  33. john says:

    i believe it will be dwayne johnson and arnold will have a cameo role as they did in star trek with leonard nimoy

  34. chris says:

    needs to have the physique and face for it, and none of the ones u got on the list match

  35. Vicki says:

    I think Kevin Durand would be an excellent choice to play the new Terminator – beef him up – 6 ft. 6 inch frame – with his face – very intimidating. He was in Legion – playing Gabriel.

  36. Billy McKee says:


    I would like to see Michelle Rodrigues play the part. Most other actors are to well known and what would fighters really bring to the table

  37. eliza says:

    rowan atkinson is the obvious choice..

  38. sbennett53 says:

    Michael Biehn!

  39. Fran Louis Calabrese says:

    No one should replace Arnold. He is the only one who has the physical presence to inhabit the character. After watching the "Expendables" no one should ever make actions movies again unless their name is Stallone, Statham , Schwarzenegger, Seagull, or Van Damn. These outstanding actors have the physical gifts and talent after years of training that makes them more than believable. As an actor, a 4th Degree Black Belt, Lawyer, athlete and retired Federal Agent I am tired of watching actors with no physical gifts and talent trying to portray superheroes enhanced by special effects. I find the martial arts sequences insulting to artists like myself who have have training in Tae Kwon Do and weight training since the 1970's and 1960's respectively.

  40. asad says:


  41. McCreEp says:

    John Cena

  42. Tony Melendez says:

    I vote for Danny trejo ,baby

  43. Charles says:

    Idris Elbs

  44. Alexandra Perez says:

    Randy Orton!

  45. It's going to be Schwarzenegger in T5, and that's brilliant. No one can replace The Terminator himself.

  46. Tim says:


    To Hell with Hollywood…
    Pretty soon they'll be remaking their remakes, and sadly the retarded general public will still pay good money to see them.. Keep fueling the soulless machine

  47. Paul says:

    Roland Kickinger. The Austrian Bodybuilder doubled for Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation and played him in See Arnold Run and is the obvious choice in my opinion. Arnie himself was unknown in 1984 and of limited acting experience. Kickinger has action man potential

  48. Rad says:


  49. larry says:

    my mom

  50. changeUP says:

    The new Terminator should be a female. She should be super fast and acrobatic, along with the insane strength. There are already too many guy action heroes/villains, with few leading bad azz females showing up on screen. I'm getting tired of over muscled males smashing stuff, there is no finesse or art to the destruction, just bigger and more. tiresome……a female might force the writers to make the violence more poetic and flowing.

  51. Gabe Burns says:

    They put cumberbatch up there but not Jason Statham? After Johnson and Diesel, he seems the most likely candidate.

  52. bernie says:

    roland kickinger

  53. Ian Powell says:

    Arnold should play John Connor.
    Bombed out New York should be the New Auschwitz.
    Arnie starts the rebellion, but increasingly flakes as he looses his identity (he looks like the monster from his childhood. Who am I? Good guy or bad?)
    Sky Net fakes him (hasn't mastered ageing flesh so go for the younger look – so many people haven't seen Conner up close anyway) to sow division and ultimately assassinate him. Arnie lets it – so they can send it back to save mum. The End. No more spin offs/reboot. Just end it like it mattered.

  54. Dumitrescu Ionut says:

    Arnold was a legend in the Terminator ,Like Johnny Depp pirates of the caribbean and like Tobey Maguire as spider man , Guys , roles like this Can't be copyed and have the same succes , Is like tryng to dance Like Michael Jackson but no one can even ever like him

  55. mikey says:

    maybe they should pick a woman this time, it would change the dynamics and storyline. then we could really call it a reboot…

  56. sile says:

    What about – Sean Bean, Liam Neeson or Antonio Banderas?

  57. Wham bam thank yo' gramma says:

    I would prefer a much more regal killing robot portrayed by the Burger King.

    I would also not mind seeing Liza Minnelli gunning people down.

    As for the ones up there I am not sure I saw Will Smith’s name on the list. He is a go to action movie star that is guaranteed to be just as poor of an excuse for a Terminator than the other clowns nominated.

    Hollywood should take some time off and relax. This remake will be a guaranteed flop.

  58. audrey says:

    Hollywood needs to fire all their staff, stop doing reboots and come up with new material!!!!!!

  59. Anonymous says:

    What is up with all these frigging reboots. Why cant people be original and start making new scripts instead of spoiling classic movies.

  60. Sheldon_W says:

    The problem with the current leaders in this poll is that they are all pretty much obvious choices. Of the suggestions that have been mentioned in the comments, here, I'd think John Cena might work, but I'd prefer three of the lowest ranking choices: Antje Traue (who owned the screen in Man of Steel), James Badge Dale (brilliant actor – everyone I know who saw Flight thought his scene in the stairwell was the best thing about the movie) and Gina Carano (between her debut in Haywire and her role in Fast & Furious 6, she just rocks!).

  61. Joe says:

    Jay Cutler 11 time Mr Olympia. I met him about a year ago. He's got the hollywood look for a bodybuilder. His body is so big it's like flesh around a machine! He's a freak of nature.

  62. Jose says:

    Jay Cutler 11X Mr. Olympia. He's a freak of nature and would without a doubt fill the next role!

  63. sirsalem13 says:

    Please, don't let them cast "The Rock" as terminator … or about 85 percent of the people listed in this poll.

  64. Priyom Haider says:

    Dwayne Johnson actually a decent choice to play the 800 model 101. However yours truly, Priyom Haider would love to a play any other role in the movie. A lead villain, Kyle Reece's role.. or a major supporting. After all.. this is the franchise which made me move to LA to for an acting career – which I decided as a little boy. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4744011/

  65. Chad Frenton says:

    How about John Cena???

  66. Leave it alone. It's been done

  67. TBONE says:

    Arnold had his day with the films, but its time to replace him. I say Rock would be my likely choice.

  68. BOT says:

    Don't know why there even needs to be a reboot of Terminator. The originals with Arnold are perfect and stand up even today. A reboot would just be a wanna-be and only make money just because movie goers would be curious, not because it would be necessarily better.

  69. cHoViiRuuS says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch would be awesome if he could gain some weight !

  70. Jafo says:

    I'm so sick of Limeys wh their fakeAericn accents. I sonds too fake.

  71. Borneo Headhunter says:

    The Great Khali or someone equals his physique plus great acting skills

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