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Jai Courtney is confirmed as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis

Feb. 19, 2014by:

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and JACK REACHER star Jai Courtney has secured the role of Kyle Reese for Paramount's reboot of The Terminator franchise, TERMINATOR: GENESIS. Originally played by Michael Biehn in director James Cameron's 1984 film (and a brief cameo in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY), Reese is the father of John Connor, who would become the leader of future resistence in the war against the machines. Courtney joins the already cast Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as the grown-up John Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular Terminator.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS is being directed by THOR: THE DARK WORLD's Alan Taylor. No plot details have been revealed as of yet, but the new film has been tapped as the first in a trilogy. So far, the casting has been interesting and I think Courtney will do just fine in the role. I think his best role to date was as the villain in JACK REACHER, so I'm basing my approval on that. It's hard to get too excited over another Terminator, though, as I think many have grown weary of the franchise. However, I'm always open to being surprised.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS hits theaters on July 1, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Are you excited for more Terminator or are you done with the franchise?
Source: Variety

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2:33PM on 02/20/2014
Yeah, I'm ok with this. He's been in a lot of bombs, but I think he's due for a hit. He is a pretty good actor after all.
Yeah, I'm ok with this. He's been in a lot of bombs, but I think he's due for a hit. He is a pretty good actor after all.
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2:33PM on 02/20/2014
Yeah, I'm ok with this. He's been in a lot of bombs, but I think he's due for a hit. He is a pretty good actor after all.
Yeah, I'm ok with this. He's been in a lot of bombs, but I think he's due for a hit. He is a pretty good actor after all.
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7:46AM on 02/20/2014

I don't know...

As good an actor as this guy might be, he's a franchise (or possible franchise) killer !
Jack Reacher, Die Hard, I, Frankenstein... He's in it ? It'll bomb !
As good an actor as this guy might be, he's a franchise (or possible franchise) killer !
Jack Reacher, Die Hard, I, Frankenstein... He's in it ? It'll bomb !
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11:02AM on 02/20/2014
Harsh but true
Harsh but true
5:39PM on 02/21/2014
They're doing another Jack Reacher, so that one is out of the running. I, Frankenstein looked laughable from the first trailer of it I saw, and had no idea he was in it since I never saw it - I just kept wondering what Aaron Eckhart had in mind for a project that he had to do that pile of CGI'd shit in exchange - , and Die Hard 5 was an all around bad film, so I'd blame Bruce Willis just as much for possibly killing that franchise.
They're doing another Jack Reacher, so that one is out of the running. I, Frankenstein looked laughable from the first trailer of it I saw, and had no idea he was in it since I never saw it - I just kept wondering what Aaron Eckhart had in mind for a project that he had to do that pile of CGI'd shit in exchange - , and Die Hard 5 was an all around bad film, so I'd blame Bruce Willis just as much for possibly killing that franchise.
4:23AM on 02/20/2014
Not really sure if this is good news or bad. People give him so much crap for die hard but I think his relationship with Willis was the best part of the movie. I guess we'll see.
Not really sure if this is good news or bad. People give him so much crap for die hard but I think his relationship with Willis was the best part of the movie. I guess we'll see.
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3:21AM on 02/20/2014

Does that mean Willis is on board too?

Bring back biehn
Bring back biehn
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11:39PM on 02/19/2014

it's always a fucking remake of a remake of a remake....

...and again.. WE WANT A FOLLOW UP !!! what the fuck happens to the human race against that fucking skynet... we don't want to see the dude going back in time again to save the day, we already know what's gonna happen !
...and again.. WE WANT A FOLLOW UP !!! what the fuck happens to the human race against that fucking skynet... we don't want to see the dude going back in time again to save the day, we already know what's gonna happen !
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11:27PM on 02/19/2014
This is good news, this guy really does have some acting range to him, he killed it in Spartacus! Jack Reacher wasn't his fault, they didn't give him a lot to work with, and Die Hard was just a bad decision. I'm betting he knocks this one out if the park!
This is good news, this guy really does have some acting range to him, he killed it in Spartacus! Jack Reacher wasn't his fault, they didn't give him a lot to work with, and Die Hard was just a bad decision. I'm betting he knocks this one out if the park!
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11:27PM on 02/19/2014
I severed all ties with terminators long ago, best wishes to the cast but I've had my fun.
I severed all ties with terminators long ago, best wishes to the cast but I've had my fun.
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8:56PM on 02/19/2014
I don't know how this reboot/remake is going to turn out. I'd rather watch a continuing story after Salvation.
I don't know how this reboot/remake is going to turn out. I'd rather watch a continuing story after Salvation.
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7:59PM on 02/19/2014
Not a fan, but eh. I loved Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation.
Not a fan, but eh. I loved Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation.
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7:50PM on 02/19/2014
Hammered nail into die hard now into terminator
Hammered nail into die hard now into terminator
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7:20PM on 02/19/2014
Awwwwful lot of red bars down there
Awwwwful lot of red bars down there
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7:09PM on 02/19/2014

Discount Daniel Bryan?

No one is screaming YES YES YES!!!
No one is screaming YES YES YES!!!
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6:47PM on 02/19/2014

He was great in Spartacus...

but then....who wasn't????
but then....who wasn't????
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6:41PM on 02/19/2014
I'm only neutral because Emilia Clarke is in it. I can't wait to see her in this. Other then that, meh. Terminator isn't a tired franchise, when you consider 4 films over a 30 year span vs 3 Hangovers over a 5 year span... So tired isn't the right word, but T3/Salvation left much to be desired. Let's hope a reboot with a competent director will do the trick.
I'm only neutral because Emilia Clarke is in it. I can't wait to see her in this. Other then that, meh. Terminator isn't a tired franchise, when you consider 4 films over a 30 year span vs 3 Hangovers over a 5 year span... So tired isn't the right word, but T3/Salvation left much to be desired. Let's hope a reboot with a competent director will do the trick.
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5:38PM on 02/19/2014
Jai: So I take a load in the mouth and promise my soul and then I can be in movies with movie stars?

Satan: Exactly.

Jai: Cool. Is this a special thing or a standard deal you offer?

Satan: It's pretty standard, actually.

Jai : (calls Sam Worthington) Hey, bro, he said it's standard. Get your ass down here.
Jai: So I take a load in the mouth and promise my soul and then I can be in movies with movie stars?

Satan: Exactly.

Jai: Cool. Is this a special thing or a standard deal you offer?

Satan: It's pretty standard, actually.

Jai : (calls Sam Worthington) Hey, bro, he said it's standard. Get your ass down here.
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7:52AM on 02/20/2014
Well, actually, to make it legit, they have to swallow...
And I don't know this 'Satan' Studio exec, but he seems like a nice guy, compared to most of them...
Well, actually, to make it legit, they have to swallow...
And I don't know this 'Satan' Studio exec, but he seems like a nice guy, compared to most of them...
5:33PM on 02/19/2014
its a high compliment to mr. courtney that he was the one who looked bored next to bruce willis
its a high compliment to mr. courtney that he was the one who looked bored next to bruce willis
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5:29PM on 02/19/2014
NICE! They got the poor man's Sam Worthington to play Kyle Reese! And I thought Sam Worthington WAS the poor man's Sam Worthington. TAKE MY MONEY REMAKE!
NICE! They got the poor man's Sam Worthington to play Kyle Reese! And I thought Sam Worthington WAS the poor man's Sam Worthington. TAKE MY MONEY REMAKE!
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5:26PM on 02/19/2014

Nooooo!

[link] Why? This guy ruined the Die Hard series for me....now he's gonna poop on Terminator.....dude this is awful news.
[link] Why? This guy ruined the Die Hard series for me....now he's gonna poop on Terminator.....dude this is awful news.
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7:55AM on 02/20/2014
Come on... He wasn't THAT bad in DH5... It's the movie ITSELF that was awfull
Come on... He wasn't THAT bad in DH5... It's the movie ITSELF that was awfull
4:59PM on 02/19/2014
The charisma and screen presence of a turd. Oh, and a Terminator reboot? For God sakes.
The charisma and screen presence of a turd. Oh, and a Terminator reboot? For God sakes.
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4:49PM on 02/19/2014

Captain No Charisma

There goes another franchise
There goes another franchise
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4:59PM on 02/19/2014
No charisma. Exactly.
No charisma. Exactly.
4:33PM on 02/19/2014

I think he can pull it off

I'll be done with the franchise if this one is awful, but I like the cast so far, I'm at least willing to give it until we get some sort of plot
I'll be done with the franchise if this one is awful, but I like the cast so far, I'm at least willing to give it until we get some sort of plot
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4:10PM on 02/19/2014
It's really hard to say much based on only two movies (especially if one of the movies was doomed from the get go). Personally, he would have been good as the next villain Terminator, but it's a wait-and-see for me.
It's really hard to say much based on only two movies (especially if one of the movies was doomed from the get go). Personally, he would have been good as the next villain Terminator, but it's a wait-and-see for me.
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4:04PM on 02/19/2014
I guess this must officially be the decade of the bland leading man.
I guess this must officially be the decade of the bland leading man.
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4:01PM on 02/19/2014

let's wait and see

I don't mind Jai playing reese, he was not good in Die Hard but i blame that on poor writing instead of poor acting. I'm more worried how Arnie will portray a Terminator in his late-60's...don't get me wrong, i love his films but still...he's old, maybe too old for a terminator. But then again, i loved Alan Taylor's work directing Game of Thrones episodes and Thor: the Dark World so i'm still excited for a new Terminator. Let's wait and see the first footage or Trailer, i've been surprised
I don't mind Jai playing reese, he was not good in Die Hard but i blame that on poor writing instead of poor acting. I'm more worried how Arnie will portray a Terminator in his late-60's...don't get me wrong, i love his films but still...he's old, maybe too old for a terminator. But then again, i loved Alan Taylor's work directing Game of Thrones episodes and Thor: the Dark World so i'm still excited for a new Terminator. Let's wait and see the first footage or Trailer, i've been surprised before and maybe, just maybe they will all deliver!
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3:48PM on 02/19/2014

Jai Courtney is a solid actor

Give him a chance, stop basing opinions of him off the horrible Die Hard film.
Give him a chance, stop basing opinions of him off the horrible Die Hard film.
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3:31PM on 02/19/2014

Noticing a pattern here.

I agree with Tash226 about Jai knowing someone pretty high up in the biz because he seems to be making a career playing along side aging action-stars.

First it Bruce Willis, then Tom Cruise and now Arnie? Kinda reminds of the time Dane Cook rose so fast and dropped so quick.
I agree with Tash226 about Jai knowing someone pretty high up in the biz because he seems to be making a career playing along side aging action-stars.

First it Bruce Willis, then Tom Cruise and now Arnie? Kinda reminds of the time Dane Cook rose so fast and dropped so quick.
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3:20PM on 02/19/2014
Woohoo! Bad news!
Woohoo! Bad news!
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3:19PM on 02/19/2014

Awesome news

I've liked this guy since Spartacus. Big fan of this news.
I've liked this guy since Spartacus. Big fan of this news.
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3:14PM on 02/19/2014
Keeping with the formula of giving bland actors (Sam Worthington) roles they don't deserve or do justice to.
Keeping with the formula of giving bland actors (Sam Worthington) roles they don't deserve or do justice to.
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3:07PM on 02/19/2014

Who does he fellate?

Jai must know someone pretty high up in the movie business to keep getting better roles. I actually like him in Jack Reacher because he was just a glorified henchman with a couple lines here and there. He's perfect for that role. As for Die Hard 5, I honestly fell asleep while watching and didn't go back to see what I missed; it literally bored me to sleep.

So now, he gets to play a charismatic time traveler who falls in love with his superiors' mother? Thanks but no thanks. Until I see a
Jai must know someone pretty high up in the movie business to keep getting better roles. I actually like him in Jack Reacher because he was just a glorified henchman with a couple lines here and there. He's perfect for that role. As for Die Hard 5, I honestly fell asleep while watching and didn't go back to see what I missed; it literally bored me to sleep.

So now, he gets to play a charismatic time traveler who falls in love with his superiors' mother? Thanks but no thanks. Until I see a trailer, cross me off the list for someone who is anticipating this movie. Emilia Clarke & Jason Clarke, i was intrigued. Jai "Sam Worthington taught me everything he knows" Courtney, I'm uninterested.
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2:57PM on 02/19/2014
First they give a bland actor like Sam Worthington a job on the Terminator franchise and now his discount version? I don't think even the hotness of Emilia Clarke can make me interested in this.

He was absolutely the worst part about A Good Day. Both his acting and his character
First they give a bland actor like Sam Worthington a job on the Terminator franchise and now his discount version? I don't think even the hotness of Emilia Clarke can make me interested in this.

He was absolutely the worst part about A Good Day. Both his acting and his character
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2:57PM on 02/19/2014
my first double post. Sorry
my first double post. Sorry
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2:54PM on 02/19/2014

Roboflop.

I guess the studios have learnt nothing. They're done with Verhoevan now they have moved onto Cameron.
I already know I will not be watching this. Whats next remaking the original Star Wars trilogy?
I guess the studios have learnt nothing. They're done with Verhoevan now they have moved onto Cameron.
I already know I will not be watching this. Whats next remaking the original Star Wars trilogy?
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4:40PM on 02/19/2014
Dont get me wrong I dont have a problem with Jai, I have a problem with rebooting classics
Dont get me wrong I dont have a problem with Jai, I have a problem with rebooting classics
2:52PM on 02/19/2014
This is going to be a trainwreck. I hope Arnold hasn't signed any papers yet.
This is going to be a trainwreck. I hope Arnold hasn't signed any papers yet.
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2:46PM on 02/19/2014
I feel like some reboots/reimaginings shouldn't be done. There are some exceptions, but I feel the Terminator franchise isn't one that needs rebooting.
I feel like some reboots/reimaginings shouldn't be done. There are some exceptions, but I feel the Terminator franchise isn't one that needs rebooting.
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2:42PM on 02/19/2014

Nothing good can come of this reboot

You don't mess around with how good the original was. I dont know whats worse, Jai Courtney portraying Kyle Reese, or that Arnie is going to be 68 years old when they film this.
You don't mess around with how good the original was. I dont know whats worse, Jai Courtney portraying Kyle Reese, or that Arnie is going to be 68 years old when they film this.
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8:51AM on 02/20/2014
Did you note that this since this is the first in a trilogy that by #3 Arnold will be in his mid-seventies?
Never heard of a reboot where all of the cast is new except for the main star. Someone came up with a
good idea before, have Arnold play some spazed out guy that the Terminators were patterned after, that way
it wouldn't matter how old he was...
Did you note that this since this is the first in a trilogy that by #3 Arnold will be in his mid-seventies?
Never heard of a reboot where all of the cast is new except for the main star. Someone came up with a
good idea before, have Arnold play some spazed out guy that the Terminators were patterned after, that way
it wouldn't matter how old he was...
2:26PM on 02/19/2014

I wanted to give this reboot a chance

But casting this guy as one of the leads has me wishing this project just goes back to the grave.
But casting this guy as one of the leads has me wishing this project just goes back to the grave.
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2:23PM on 02/19/2014
Hopefully Taylor can get a good performance out of him.
Hopefully Taylor can get a good performance out of him.
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3:01PM on 02/19/2014
Obviously youve never watched Jack Reacher let alone Spartacus with a comment like that.
Obviously youve never watched Jack Reacher let alone Spartacus with a comment like that.
3:24PM on 02/19/2014
He was great in Spartacus so I know he is capable.
He was great in Spartacus so I know he is capable.
4:27PM on 02/19/2014
Exactly. Jai is SOLID. Die Hard didnt suck cuz of him. Infact one of the Few solid things about agdtdh
Exactly. Jai is SOLID. Die Hard didnt suck cuz of him. Infact one of the Few solid things about agdtdh
8:03AM on 02/20/2014
@ConMan. I think that was exactly Solo's point: when well directed, he can be rather good...
@ConMan. I think that was exactly Solo's point: when well directed, he can be rather good...
2:20PM on 02/19/2014

Old Terminator

Never mind Jai (was he in Tarzan with Ron Ely?), why would Skynet create an old looking Terminator?
Never mind Jai (was he in Tarzan with Ron Ely?), why would Skynet create an old looking Terminator?
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4:07PM on 02/19/2014
Why *wouldn't* Skynet create an old looking Terminator? They're infiltration units, what better way to infiltrate the humans than with a unit that looks like someone who *couldn't* punch through your sternum and rip out your heart?
Why *wouldn't* Skynet create an old looking Terminator? They're infiltration units, what better way to infiltrate the humans than with a unit that looks like someone who *couldn't* punch through your sternum and rip out your heart?
2:13PM on 02/19/2014

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin was the one thing Salvation got right, he was perfect for Reese emulating Biehn perfectly. They should have stuck with him. Courtney really isn't a good choice for this and I'm fast losing hope that this film will be good.
Anton Yelchin was the one thing Salvation got right, he was perfect for Reese emulating Biehn perfectly. They should have stuck with him. Courtney really isn't a good choice for this and I'm fast losing hope that this film will be good.
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2:11PM on 02/19/2014
Jai Courtney has a constant look of severe constipation on his face
Jai Courtney has a constant look of severe constipation on his face
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2:07PM on 02/19/2014
Yes, Jai Courtney looks absolutely like Anton Yelcin or Michael Biehn. Like three eggs. Or clones. Wow. Amazing.
Yes, Jai Courtney looks absolutely like Anton Yelcin or Michael Biehn. Like three eggs. Or clones. Wow. Amazing.
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2:06PM on 02/19/2014

Jai Courtney is the worst

He was the worst thing to happen to Die Hard in a long time. He is not a good action star, he is just a walking talking douche. He has no place in movies at all.
He was the worst thing to happen to Die Hard in a long time. He is not a good action star, he is just a walking talking douche. He has no place in movies at all.
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2:14PM on 02/19/2014
No, the guy who directed the movie was the worst thing to happen to Die Hard.
No, the guy who directed the movie was the worst thing to happen to Die Hard.
2:05PM on 02/19/2014
Agree with cerealskiller182, this is now at the top of my must-miss list for whatever year it's coming out. The casting for this movie has been horrible, except for Jason Clarke.
Agree with cerealskiller182, this is now at the top of my must-miss list for whatever year it's coming out. The casting for this movie has been horrible, except for Jason Clarke.
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2:02PM on 02/19/2014

Ugh

Really? This is all we have left now? Jai Courtneys and Gal Gadots?
Really? This is all we have left now? Jai Courtneys and Gal Gadots?
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1:59PM on 02/19/2014
Woohoo! Between this guy as Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, I can cross this off my must see list and save myself the ticket price
Woohoo! Between this guy as Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, I can cross this off my must see list and save myself the ticket price
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2:07PM on 02/19/2014
Why give it a green light then? You obviously are agreeing with everyone else in saying this movie is going to suck and even worse now that Jai Courtney is involved but you are messing up the ratio bar at the top that dictates if the article is good news or not.
Why give it a green light then? You obviously are agreeing with everyone else in saying this movie is going to suck and even worse now that Jai Courtney is involved but you are messing up the ratio bar at the top that dictates if the article is good news or not.
3:17PM on 02/19/2014
1. Because I am excited to save the money 2. Because the bar at the top doesn't matter
1. Because I am excited to save the money 2. Because the bar at the top doesn't matter
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