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The role of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis is down to two actors

Feb. 10, 2014by:

Then there were two

Its down to two actors for the role of Kyle Reese in TERMINATOR: GENESIS. Last month there were five candidates in competition which included Jai Courtney, Boyd Holbrook (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, THE HOST), Tom Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel (HART OF DIXIE, INHERENT VICE), and Sam Reid (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS). Who are the final contenders?

Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook.

Courtney is the most familiar name with projects like A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, JACK REACHER, and SPARTACUS under his belt. Holbrook is an up and comer on the rise who we saw as Cap Hatfield in HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and BEHIND THE CANDLEABRA. The different between the two actors would be the routes they are taking in cinema. While we see Courtney getting his hands dirty in action; Holbrook has chosen the route of the indie darling with films like THE SKELETON TWINS, JANE GOT A GUN, and the next Terrence Malick flick.

Theyve gotta get the right guy for this since the role is rather meaty and will span two films. Its reported that the film will end with the story of Skynets battle with the resistance that began with James Camerons two films.

If I have to chose here, I think Id go with Holbrook.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS hits theaters on July 1, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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1:27PM on 02/11/2014
People are actually up for a Terminator reboot aswell.
People are actually up for a Terminator reboot aswell.
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1:26PM on 02/11/2014
Never seen Holbrook in anything. So going based solely on having only seen Jai Courtney in GDTDH and Jack Reacher, I say go with Boyd Holbrook. Because Jai Courtney is fucking terrible to carry a movie of this size. Put him as like a third lieutenant or someting.
Never seen Holbrook in anything. So going based solely on having only seen Jai Courtney in GDTDH and Jack Reacher, I say go with Boyd Holbrook. Because Jai Courtney is fucking terrible to carry a movie of this size. Put him as like a third lieutenant or someting.
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10:28AM on 02/11/2014

Courtney is a black hole of charisma.

Anyone remember him in Jack Reacher and the new Die Hard movie? Yeah, exactly.
Anyone remember him in Jack Reacher and the new Die Hard movie? Yeah, exactly.
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10:03PM on 02/10/2014
I'd rather have Anton Yeltsin back in the role. He was a pretty good Kyle Reese.
I'd rather have Anton Yeltsin back in the role. He was a pretty good Kyle Reese.
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9:28PM on 02/10/2014
I would go with Boyd Holbrook.

But I would still think Timothy Olyphant would make for a great Kyle Reese.
I would go with Boyd Holbrook.

But I would still think Timothy Olyphant would make for a great Kyle Reese.
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12:35AM on 02/11/2014
Michael Bieh was 28 when he played Kyle Reese, Olyphant is 45.
Michael Bieh was 28 when he played Kyle Reese, Olyphant is 45.
12:53PM on 02/11/2014
Age isn't a factor with me. Downey Jr was considered old when he did the first Iron Man film and looked how that turned out.
Age isn't a factor with me. Downey Jr was considered old when he did the first Iron Man film and looked how that turned out.
8:34PM on 02/10/2014
Not sure which I prefer. I know nothing about Holbrook. I watched HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, but I don't remember his character. It's been a while since I saw it. The last Die Hard was pretty mediocre, but I thought Jai did a fine job as Mcclanes son. Whoever they choose I REALLY hope this is the return to the Terminator we all love!
Not sure which I prefer. I know nothing about Holbrook. I watched HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, but I don't remember his character. It's been a while since I saw it. The last Die Hard was pretty mediocre, but I thought Jai did a fine job as Mcclanes son. Whoever they choose I REALLY hope this is the return to the Terminator we all love!
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8:17PM on 02/10/2014
Holbrook, who kinda sorta looks more like Michael Biehn.
Holbrook, who kinda sorta looks more like Michael Biehn.
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8:14PM on 02/10/2014

Jai Courtney is the right guy.

If you watched him in Spartacus, you know so.
If you watched him in Spartacus, you know so.
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9:49PM on 02/10/2014
I concur.
I concur.
1:22AM on 02/11/2014
For sure
For sure
8:14PM on 02/10/2014
No.
No.
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7:49PM on 02/10/2014
For a minute I thought Jai Courtney was already in the last one... untill I realised it was thinking about Sam Worthington.
For a minute I thought Jai Courtney was already in the last one... untill I realised it was thinking about Sam Worthington.
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7:41PM on 02/10/2014
I'd think I'd rather see the Holbrook guy as Kyle Reese. Jai would be pretty good as the next villain Terminator (?).
I'd think I'd rather see the Holbrook guy as Kyle Reese. Jai would be pretty good as the next villain Terminator (?).
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7:40PM on 02/10/2014

Boyd Holbrook

Holbrook can vacillate between sensitive/thoughtful and tough, while Jai Courtney is less believable than Vin Diesel in his acting style. He's only done 'brutish'. Kyle Reese needs to be frenetic and sensitive. Holbrook would be perfect.
Holbrook can vacillate between sensitive/thoughtful and tough, while Jai Courtney is less believable than Vin Diesel in his acting style. He's only done 'brutish'. Kyle Reese needs to be frenetic and sensitive. Holbrook would be perfect.
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1:24AM on 02/11/2014
You didn't watch Spartacus then. You should check it out for him and Andy Whitfield on the show. Jai played more than "brutish" on the show and would be a great Kyle Reese.
You didn't watch Spartacus then. You should check it out for him and Andy Whitfield on the show. Jai played more than "brutish" on the show and would be a great Kyle Reese.
7:34PM on 02/10/2014

I like Jai Courtney better.

Jai Courtney was good in Spartacus. He sucked in Die Hard 5 but who didn't? The movie was a train wreck
Jai Courtney was good in Spartacus. He sucked in Die Hard 5 but who didn't? The movie was a train wreck
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8:36PM on 02/10/2014
I don't agree. I thought the movie was pretty mediocre for sure, but I felt Jai did a fine job as Mcclanes son.
I don't agree. I thought the movie was pretty mediocre for sure, but I felt Jai did a fine job as Mcclanes son.
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