The casting process continues on the upcoming Terminator reboot, and it appears that the search for Sarah Connor has now been whittled down to two actresses. We previously reported that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) were among the actresses on the shortlist for the lead role of Sarah Connor, and now Deadline reports that the list has been narrowed down to Clarke and Larson. Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor is onboard to direct, and the report notes that Clarke currently has the edge for the part. Of course, Taylor has worked with Clarke before on Game of Thrones, having directed a number of episodes of the HBO series’ first and second season before landing the Marvel gig.
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While Clarke may top the list of contenders, Larson is currently fielding serious awards attention for her performance in this summer’s indie drama Short Term 12. Deadline notes that Paramount and Taylor want to cast the Sarah Connor role before moving on to casting John Connor and Kyle Reese, but an earlier report noted that Tom Hardy was being eyed to play human resistance leader John Connor. Plot details regarding the Terminator reboot are few and far between at this point, but the film is being spearheaded by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures—the studio behind Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, and Her—so hopes are high for this new vision of the franchise.
With a July 1, 2015 release date looming, we should expect to hear firm casting on the Sarah Connor front very soon. Taylor is no doubt planning on starting production sometime next summer.