‘Terminator’ remake: Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor

Dec. 13, 2013 | 4:57 p.m.
In the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen, an exiled princess and last remaining heir in a long line of kings and queens of Westeros. Dany is the widow of horselord Khal Drogo and is often called "the mother of dragons," for her three flying beasts. (HBO; Victoria Will / Associated Press).

“Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke is set to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming remake of “The Terminator.” (HBO; Victoria Will / Associated Press)

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has been cast as Sarah Connor in the upcoming “Terminator” remake, Paramount confirmed Friday.

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.

Clarke, best known for her portrayal of the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” has big shoes to fill.

Linda Hamilton originated the role in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Hamilton’s performance was considered groundbreaking as her character broke gender barriers to become a genuine gun-toting action hero.

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Clarke’s “Game of Thrones” costar Lena Headey, who plays the cruel queen Cersei, also portrayed Sarah Connor in the short-lived television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

Little is known about the reboot, though Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”) is reportedly in talks to play Sarah Connor’s son, John Connor, and original “Terminator” actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumored to be returning.

The movie is scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release and will be directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Game of Thrones”) and produced by Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are penning the script.

What do you think about Clarke’s casting? Sound off in the comments.

— Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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8 Responses to ‘Terminator’ remake: Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor

  1. John says:

    Arnold returning? As the Terminator? Some serious CG, ala Terminator: Salvation going to be required there, but I'm in.

  2. coreyholly says:

    Great news! Emilia Clarke is a keeper! I love her! :)

  3. Matt says:

    So glad that they have a release date ready! Hope they started thinking about the script.

  4. MrTemecula says:

    Another reboot, remake, whatever. Just another example of how bereft of imagination Hollywood has become.

  5. 250rninja says:

    Uggghhh, please don't "remake" or "reboot" it. Terminator and T2 were classics. Just come out with another movie set after Terminator Salvation. Salvation had some cool stuff, the water snake terminators, the motorcycle terminators etc were pretty cool. Maybe not even have John Connor in this one. If the resistance is all over the US (or world?) then the story could follow another group of resistance fighters that are somehow linked to the main thread of the story.

  6. Joe Camel says:

    Sophia Stewart has already Written Terminator 5 and Matrix 4. She really needs to be on Terminator Project As the Owner of Matrix and Terminator.

  7. Tom says:

    Sounds exciting. With the film making technology there is now, many films shot during those times that could blow you away, could be re-shot only to blow you away – to kingdom come. The original script would have to be kept to as closely as possible, especially classics like the terminator films.

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