701-8-J_K Simmons -ph Karen Neal_21142_001_0383_R_cxWith all the major players set for the upcoming Terminator reboot…sequel…inbetweequal…whatever, it’s time to start bringing in the next tier of characters for the film. So far, we know that Emilia Clarke will be taking on the role of Sarah Connor, with Jason Clarke playing her futuristic son, John. Jai Courtney will be filling the role of Kyle Reesewith Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his iconic role in some fashion.

Today comes word that the always impressive and reliable J.K. Simmons has joined the projectAccording to THR’s Heat VisionSimmons will be playing a “weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released).” Simmons is most known to comic fans for playing the role of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, a role that is probably the bast cast in any comic book movie to date. Simmons can currently be see on NBC’s Growing Up Fisher. He also turned some heads in the Sundance  film Whiplash.

From what we know about the film, it will be a reboot, but will acknowledge some of the events from previous films, namely the original James Cameron-directed movies. Naturally, time travel will play a major part in the story, as it has in past films. Alan Talyor, who just came off the hit Marvel films Thor:The Dark World, is directing.

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