From Flying The TARDIS To Fighting T-800s: Matt Smith Joins TERMINATOR: GENESIS
Former Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith has joined the cast of Terminator: Genesis in what is said to be a “major role.” Deadline broke the story earlier this morning, but now Paramount has confirmed the casting of the former Doctor Who superstar. It sounds like Smith‘s role in the upcoming Terminator kind-of-reboot will be a decent sized role that expands into something much bigger in the second and third films.
According to the official press release put out shortly after Deadline‘s report, Smith will play an unnamed character with “a strong connection to John Connor.” Smith joins Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, and Buyng Hun Lee in the film directed by Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor. Smith has a role in Ryan Gosling‘s upcoming directorial debut, Lost River, but this is the actor’s first major role post-Who. It seems he took a note from former companion Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) and got himself hooked up with another major sci-fi project. The former Doctor has experience with the Cybermen, so Terminators should pose no real threat. You can read the official press release below. What do you think about Smith joining up with John Connor?
HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 2, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith will join the cast of the upcoming “TERMINATOR” reboot.
Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.
Alan Taylor is directing the film from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions are producing. Skydance’s Paul Schwake, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, Kalogridis and Lussier are executive producing.
Smith is best known for playing The Doctor on the popular “Doctor Who” television series during the 2011-2103 seasons. His other television credits include “Christopher and His Kind,” “Moses Jones,” and “The Street.” He can be seen next on the big screen in “LOST RIVER,” directed by Ryan Gosling, alongside Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes.
He is represented by United Talent Agency and Michael Duff at Troika.
The “TERMINATOR” franchise launched in 1984 with Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.
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Source : Deadline