By Jeff Sneider
British actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Khaleesi on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” is in talks to play Sarah Connor in the new “Terminator” movie from Paramount, Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions.
Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”) is directing the reboot of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise, which is scheduled for release on July 1, 2015.
Clarke beat out Brie Larson for the coveted role, which reunites her with Taylor, who has directed several episodes of “Game of Thrones.”
“Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke is in talks to play John Connor, who leads the human resistance in their war against the machines. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also return to his signature franchise, albeit in an unspecified capacity.
Linda Hamilton played Sarah Connor on the big screen, while Lena Headey played the heroine on the short-lived Fox series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
The filmmakers are also in the midst of casting Kyle Reese, who ultimately fathers John Connor. Reese was played in by Michael Biehn in James Cameron’s original 1984 movie, which spawned three sequels. A new TV series is currently in the works that will be based on the new “Terminator” movie.
Annapurna acquired rights to the “Terminator” franchise in May 2011 before Megan Ellison decided to join forces with her brother David Ellison, who has more experience producing action-heavy tentpoles under his Skydance banner.
Clarke, who next stars opposite Jude Law in Richard Shepard’s “Dom Hemingway,” is repped by CAA.