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Jai Courtney and four others to screen test for the Kyle Reese role in Terminator: Genesis

01.10.2014

With Jason Clarke landing the role of John Connor in TERMINATOR: GENESIS alongside Emilia Clarke as his mother, Sarah Connor, one more primary role needs to be filled before the franchise reboot can move forward: Kyle Reese, previously played by Michael Beihn. According to , five actors are screen testing for the part next week.

The most recognizable name of the five is Jai Courtney who recently played John McClane's son in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. The Australian has also appeared in JACK REACHER and the upcoming films I, FRANKENSTEIN and DIVERGENT. While the lackluster DIE HARD sequel may not be the best resume for an actor, Courtney does have a strong physical presence that would make him an intriguing fit opposite Emilia Clarke.

The other four candidates include Boyd Holbrook (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, THE HOST), Tom Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel (HART OF DIXIE, INHERENT VICE), and Sam Reid (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS). The common thread amongst the actors is that four of the five are British or Australian. They are also relatively unknown which goes against the studio's initial desire to screen test actors like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund.

I am not opposed to any of these actors testing for the role, but they need to be able to physically go up against The Terminator as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger or whatever additional actors they bring in to compliment him as the robotic bad guys. Michael Beihn brought a certain presence to his portrayal in the original film and these take should both honor that and take it in a new direction.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

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1:18PM on 01/12/2014

THE ONLY WAY THIS MOVIE WILL BE GOOD

The make up for the Linda Hamilton replacement should make her look exactly as she did in the original even with the weird 80's hairstyle and fashion . if the terminator is Arnold but with a CGI facelift and a body double to make him buff and not as old or short as he looked in Rise Of The Machines oh and the selection for Kyle Reese should either be Wilson Bethel or Boyd Holbrook , as those are the only two who actually look anything like Michael Biehn (Original Kyle Reese) Oh and brace
The make up for the Linda Hamilton replacement should make her look exactly as she did in the original even with the weird 80's hairstyle and fashion . if the terminator is Arnold but with a CGI facelift and a body double to make him buff and not as old or short as he looked in Rise Of The Machines oh and the selection for Kyle Reese should either be Wilson Bethel or Boyd Holbrook , as those are the only two who actually look anything like Michael Biehn (Original Kyle Reese) Oh and brace yourselves people , this is the guy who made Thor 2 and it is not the best movie in the world...its not that well written or anything, its almost worse than avengers.
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12:00PM on 01/11/2014

They seem to make all the worst decisions they could with this franchise

I'd much rather them continuing Salvation and giving us a proper war between men and machine, and end it there. Only after that they could bother with a remake that nobody wants to see!

Now, that Bale is no longer involved, you change Sarah Connor to someone else, it's a complete reboot... I just don't give a shit. And Jai Courtney is a poor man's Sam Worthington who is already a poor man's actor.
I'd much rather them continuing Salvation and giving us a proper war between men and machine, and end it there. Only after that they could bother with a remake that nobody wants to see!

Now, that Bale is no longer involved, you change Sarah Connor to someone else, it's a complete reboot... I just don't give a shit. And Jai Courtney is a poor man's Sam Worthington who is already a poor man's actor.
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4:46AM on 01/11/2014

Aaron Paul for Kyle Reese

There, I said it. It's out of my system.
There, I said it. It's out of my system.
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4:44AM on 01/11/2014

No to Jai Courtey

Why are they picking muscle bound actors with the personality of a tree (no offense, Grot). I want someone who can emulate Bien's urgency, self-seriousness and detachment.
Why are they picking muscle bound actors with the personality of a tree (no offense, Grot). I want someone who can emulate Bien's urgency, self-seriousness and detachment.
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11:42PM on 01/10/2014
Physically opposing against a terminator?? Oh sure, if Kyle Reese was to face the T-1000 he'd kick its ass with great ease since its not as big like the Arnie model, right?

Like my fellow commenters have rightly said its about Kyle's ability to out think/out-smart the terminator by surviving rather than going against it and so far I can't say much about the choices but the more unknown the better so the focus is more on the character than the actor.
Physically opposing against a terminator?? Oh sure, if Kyle Reese was to face the T-1000 he'd kick its ass with great ease since its not as big like the Arnie model, right?

Like my fellow commenters have rightly said its about Kyle's ability to out think/out-smart the terminator by surviving rather than going against it and so far I can't say much about the choices but the more unknown the better so the focus is more on the character than the actor.
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11:40PM on 01/10/2014
Physically opposing against a terminator?? Oh sure, if Kyle Reese was to face the T-1000 he'd kick its ass with great ease since its not as big like the Arnie model, right?

Like my fellow commenters have rightly said its about Kyle's ability to out think/out-smart the terminator by surviving rather than going against it and so far I can't say much about the choices but the more unknown the better so the focus is more on the character than the actor.
Physically opposing against a terminator?? Oh sure, if Kyle Reese was to face the T-1000 he'd kick its ass with great ease since its not as big like the Arnie model, right?

Like my fellow commenters have rightly said its about Kyle's ability to out think/out-smart the terminator by surviving rather than going against it and so far I can't say much about the choices but the more unknown the better so the focus is more on the character than the actor.
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10:34PM on 01/10/2014
I could see Timothy Olyphant making for a good Kyle Reese.
I could see Timothy Olyphant making for a good Kyle Reese.
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2:22AM on 01/11/2014
I really like that suggestion, good call.
I really like that suggestion, good call.
10:06AM on 01/11/2014
Great suggestion but I think he is a little out of the age range they are looking for.
Great suggestion but I think he is a little out of the age range they are looking for.
12:23PM on 01/11/2014
He's older, but I would rather have an older guy give a great performance than an up and comer giving a sub par performance. This would totally be down Olyphant's alley too.
He's older, but I would rather have an older guy give a great performance than an up and comer giving a sub par performance. This would totally be down Olyphant's alley too.
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9:34PM on 01/10/2014
I don't understand why you think whoever plays Reese needs to be physically imposing enough to go up against a Terminator. Physically no human could fistfight a killing machine like a Terminator and win! Beihn wasn't physically imposing next to Arnold at all! Reese has got to be a tough smart survivor!
I don't understand why you think whoever plays Reese needs to be physically imposing enough to go up against a Terminator. Physically no human could fistfight a killing machine like a Terminator and win! Beihn wasn't physically imposing next to Arnold at all! Reese has got to be a tough smart survivor!
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8:45AM on 01/13/2014
Dutch Schaefer, Arnold's character in "Predator" might be able to hang for awhile with a Terminator.
He took a good ass whipping from the predator and survived!
Dutch Schaefer, Arnold's character in "Predator" might be able to hang for awhile with a Terminator.
He took a good ass whipping from the predator and survived!
8:58PM on 01/10/2014
None of these choices are good, especially Jai Courtney.
None of these choices are good, especially Jai Courtney.
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7:48PM on 01/10/2014
Jai Courtney was incredibly bland in A Good Day to Die Hard, but he was alright in Jack Reacher.
Jai Courtney was incredibly bland in A Good Day to Die Hard, but he was alright in Jack Reacher.
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7:26PM on 01/10/2014
Jai would be awesome. He was fantastic in Spartacus and he's a real class act.
Jai would be awesome. He was fantastic in Spartacus and he's a real class act.
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12:50PM on 01/12/2014
no , don't be shit , he would be terrible to the audience because the only thing going through our minds whilst watching would be ( your not Kyle Reese you don't look like Kyle Reese, your too famous to be Kyle) the same thing that messed up salvation because whilst Bale is a good actor and plays the role of john ok, he is too famous for us to actually believe he's john and he looks nothing like the previous Johns
no , don't be shit , he would be terrible to the audience because the only thing going through our minds whilst watching would be ( your not Kyle Reese you don't look like Kyle Reese, your too famous to be Kyle) the same thing that messed up salvation because whilst Bale is a good actor and plays the role of john ok, he is too famous for us to actually believe he's john and he looks nothing like the previous Johns
7:11PM on 01/10/2014
I don't like any of the choices except Hedlund. He's a really good actor, but I hope they audition other capable actors as well.
I don't like any of the choices except Hedlund. He's a really good actor, but I hope they audition other capable actors as well.
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6:43PM on 01/10/2014
Another unnecessary reboot. Like Die Hard, just leave them alone before you do more irreparable damage.
Another unnecessary reboot. Like Die Hard, just leave them alone before you do more irreparable damage.
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6:29PM on 01/10/2014
I think he could be a good choice. Although the last Die Hard was pretty lack luster Jai did fit pretty well as John McClane's son. Michael Beihn was not that physically opposing against Arnold anyway. What he did bring was smarts and ingenuity. This could work. I'm still trying to figure out the timeline though. It looks like the actor they got to play John is older than the actress they have for his mom.
I think he could be a good choice. Although the last Die Hard was pretty lack luster Jai did fit pretty well as John McClane's son. Michael Beihn was not that physically opposing against Arnold anyway. What he did bring was smarts and ingenuity. This could work. I'm still trying to figure out the timeline though. It looks like the actor they got to play John is older than the actress they have for his mom.
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6:42PM on 01/10/2014
He wasn't supposed to be physically opposing. That was the idea.
He wasn't supposed to be physically opposing. That was the idea.
8:10PM on 01/10/2014
yes I know that razgriz21. I am just responding to the writers comment when they wrote "I am not opposed to any of these actors testing for the role, but they need to be able to physically go up against The Terminator as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger or whatever additional actors they bring in to compliment him as the robotic bad guys." I am just saying that Jai shouldn't have any problem going up against a Terminaor, as he seems to be bigger physically than Beihn was when he played the role
yes I know that razgriz21. I am just responding to the writers comment when they wrote "I am not opposed to any of these actors testing for the role, but they need to be able to physically go up against The Terminator as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger or whatever additional actors they bring in to compliment him as the robotic bad guys." I am just saying that Jai shouldn't have any problem going up against a Terminaor, as he seems to be bigger physically than Beihn was when he played the role of Reese.
6:11PM on 01/10/2014
Since the Terminator series seems to diminish in quality with each file after the first 2, much like Die Hard, it seems only fitting that Courtney would get the role for the 5th movie in each. The son of John McClane can also be the father of John Connor, which would be an interesting family history.
Since the Terminator series seems to diminish in quality with each file after the first 2, much like Die Hard, it seems only fitting that Courtney would get the role for the 5th movie in each. The son of John McClane can also be the father of John Connor, which would be an interesting family history.
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