A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Star Jai Courtney Lands Kyle Reese Role in TERMINATOR: GENESIS

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The new Terminator film has found its Kyle Reese.  After testing a number of actors for the key role in director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) reboot Terminator: Genesis, we learned recently that Taylor and Paramount had narrowed their focus to two actors: Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) and Boyd Holbrook  (The Host).  Now Variety reports that the former has come away with the role, as Courtney has been tapped to play Kyle Reese opposite Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as John Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic Terminator.  Hit the jump for more. 

terminator-genesis-jai-courtneyPer Variety’s report, plot details on Terminator: Genesis are firmly under wraps save for the fact that it’s being planned as the first in a new trilogy of films.  Michael Biehn inhabited the Reese role in James Cameron’s original film, so Courtney certainly has big shoes to fill.  The Australian actor was the very best thing about the otherwise forgettable A Good Day to Die Hard and he was sufficiently intimidating in 2012’s Jack Reacher, so it’ll be interesting to see what he brings to the role of Reese.

This isn’t the first potential franchise role for Courtney, though, as the actor will be seen next month in the futuristic thriller Divergent and is poised to return in the sequel Insurgent.  Courtney also has a role in Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort Unbroken, which opens in theaters this Christmas.  Terminator: Genesis will begin filming this year ahead of a July 1, 2015 release date.

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  • cineast4

    Oh dear…

    • MEY

      Plus Arnold is the Terminator? It is a catastrophe!!!

  • Jan

    Would’ve been better off casting any random log available in Home Depot…

    • mixedkidmonkey

      in the one thing he was required to ACT in…spartacus, he was absolutely fine. you’re a bafoon, go back to sweden and make a table from ikea…..JAN. lol

      • Seriously.

        You shut the fuck up, Jai Courtney.

      • mixedkidmonkey

        awwww you mad lil faggot?

      • doctor_robot

        does somebody need attention? i see you’re all over this thread screaming for it. mommy took the nipples away too soon?

      • mixedkidmonkey

        where did you get your insults from? the downsyndrome tard that drooled the most on your shortbus to school? hahahha wow brutal. mommy break milk joke? not having attention joke? just terrible. you’re probably the 2nd worst poster on here next to that ape mixedrichkid lol. gtfo out of here you fag.

      • doctor_robot

        you’re a child.

      • mixedkidmonkey

        congrats you’re arguing with a 14 year old and i’m already 10 times the poster that you are…you and your downsyndrome calibre jokes. you’re going no where in life, old man. lol

    • The Flobbit

      I was more thinking a hunk of white bread, no crusts. That’s how memorable this guy is.

  • gdf

    yikes, such a bad actor

    • mixedkidmonkey

      yikes, such a shitty poster.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge

        looks like somebody’s all up on this terrible actor’s nuts. What are you, his mother or something? He is pretty awful. I’m guessing you’re a Hayden Christiansen supporter as well.

      • mixedkidmonkey

        looks like you’re a huge faggot. boooo hooo, can’t handle an opinion? wah wah. elton john is an untalented queer! is that too far? go kill yourself you bitch boy. haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    Seriously , are there no one else??

    • mixedkidmonkey

      great grammar, nimrod.

      • Seriously.

        Shut up, Jai Courtney.

      • mixedkidmonkey

        you mad, pauly shore?

  • http://thelaststand.us fusionman15

    I was really hoping it was the other guy that was in running. This guy is terrible in Die Hard 5. I won’t even acknowledge to most people it exist usually lol

    • mixedkidmonkey

      um everyone was terrible in die hard you idiot.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge

        Admit it, you’re Jai Courtney’s publicist.

      • mixedkidmonkey

        Admit, you’re a huge faggot.

      • doctor_robot

        “faggot” hmm.. you keep using that word. you’ve got some deep-seeded homoerotic desires, huh? come out of the closet, dude. it’s cool now. you don’t have to hide, and pretend that you’re a gay hating douche-bag anymore. we accept you for who you are.

  • RiddleThemThis

    Is it confirmed that Schwarzenegger will be returning?

  • doctor_robot

    why?? what a joke.

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  • Kevin

    He’s a good actor, but I’m unsure if these new films will be good.

  • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball somejackball

    wow, not feeling it at all.. i was hoping for Cam Gigandet

    http://www.magweb.com/picts/actor/15808/cam_gigandet.jpg

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    So with Arnold coming back are they going to completely ignore the originals?

  • hockablah

    hoooray for bad acting.

  • armenianmovieman

    Great in Spartacus, and AWESOME in Jack Reacher, which was his only decent film role.

    I can’t blame the guy for wanting moneyworkexperiencesharing the screen with Cruise and Willis and Eckhart, no matter how shitty the movie turns out.

    Except for Jack Reacher. That movie is awesome and really underrated.

    Hopefully this one is good too.

  • Please no…

    Horrible actor. Horrible choice. This casting has the potential to sink the movie.

  • Michael N.

    Wow. This movie just exit my list of most anticipated films of 2015.
    It is probably one of the worst castings decisions in recent memory.
    Not even the great casting of Jason Clarke can save this train wreck.
    They should have cast Tom Hardy in the role, but I guess he most have turned the role down, which now looks like was the right decision.

    • Sten

      Hardy is awesome, but he is the new Mad Max as well. He is very versatile, so two Reboots wouldn’t work for him, I guess.
      Looking forward to the new Mad Max. The new Terminator? Not so much.

  • alk

    It could be worse people-Jai was absolutely awful in ‘I, Frankenstein” but I blame that on the director. He was a very good villain in Jack Reacher and serviceable as John McClane’s son. If people think he was the problem, they’re lying to themselves. Bruce Willis was #1 on that list of problems. Anyway. All he needs is a great director. Hopefully Alan Taylor, with his good credentials in Game of Thrones and the pretty decent Thor sequel, I can only hope he will wring out a great performance from Jai Courtney. I’m a little apprehensive to see what he takes(if it’s more of I,Frankenstein, then I’ll be really worried) And the key thing is as long as he doesn’t try to copy Michael Beihn, I’ll give him a shot.

  • alk

    It could be worse people-Jai was absolutely awful in ‘I, Frankenstein” but I blame that on the director. He was a very good villain in Jack Reacher and serviceable as John McClane’s son. If people think he was the problem, they’re lying to themselves. Bruce Willis was #1 on that list of problems. Anyway. All he needs is a great director. Hopefully Alan Taylor, with his good credentials in Game of Thrones and the pretty decent Thor sequel, I can only hope he will wring out a great performance from Jai Courtney. I’m a little apprehensive to see what he takes(if it’s more of I,Frankenstein, then I’ll be really worried) And the key thing is as long as he doesn’t try to copy Michael Beihn, I’ll give him a shot.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    I would prefer an old Michael Biehn than this courtney.

  • Steven

    He was great in Jack Reacher but horrible in DH5. I’d give him a chance.

    At least it isn’t Shia Labeouf. When ever you see dodgy casting, be thankful it isn’t Shia Labeouf.

  • Steven

    As long as Arnie takes center stage, I’m there.

  • Matt1

    Man, F**k this movie.

  • LEM

    He’s becoming a regular crap factory.

  • Was Charlie Hunnam busy?

    Cause Kyle Reese is not a moon-eyed frat boy. Jai Courtney is flat at best and belongs in straight-to-DVD actioners. His toughness is a very particular sort of manufactured, movie “toughness.”

    Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke are inspired choices. Why not cast the Reese character in a way that subverts expectations and really differentiates this film from the rest of the series (whether it’s a reboot or has connections to previous films)? Fuck. They could have cast Jesse Eisenberg as Reese and I wouldn’t be moaning. At least that would be interesting. I don’t buy Courtney for a minute.

  • Bhammer100

    Could be good. For those complaining, he was ok in DH5. The main problems with that movie was the director, the script, lame characters, Bruce Willis basically playing a bored Bruce Willis, superfluous violence, lame editing…

  • doc

    Michael Biehn wasn’t exactly an Academy award winner in the original but he did just fine. All this guy has to do is spout some exposition and scowl for 2 hours. I think he can handle it.

  • Michael V. Shepherd

    So, Schwarzenegger will play a geriatric terminator? Are they just going to cgi him again?

    • mixedkidmonkey

      “LIVING tissue over metal endoskeleton”….a t-800′s skin ages, newb.

  • Strong Enough

    uggggggghh why?

  • eternalozzie

    the bad thing about time travel storylines is you can be as inconsistent as you want … this is going to suck … not one interesting actor in the bunch.

  • tim

    oh well, Terminator salvation will now be the second worst movie in the franchise. I hope Emilia Clarke drops out. She deserves a better co-star.

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    People seem to be very negative to this, and maybe they’re right to be, but I liked him in Spartacus.

    [spoiler], I guess:

    His exit from that show was really, really rough, and a big moment in that season. And he was NEVER the problem with DH5, John Moore was.

  • Michael V. Shepherd

    Arnold as the geriatric terminator? Jesus. Why didn’t they cast The Rock?

  • Shakamaker

    Worse.Casting.Ever.

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