Former US Marine turned fitness pro and bodybuilder Aaron Williamson has been cast as a young T-800 in ‘Terminator: Genesis.’

Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his iconic role as a T-800 Terminator, but it seems that Aaron Williamson has signed on to play a younger version of the iconic cyborg!  A social media post by Williamson, in addition to a photoshopped image which was later deleted, told his fans of the news:

“Thanks to an amazing team of people who help me get better each week, both physically & creatively, I’ll be playing a T-800 (Terminator) in the upcoming production ‘Terminator: Genesis.’ I’m extremely grateful & motivated as this new chapter begins to take shape.”

Casting hasn’t been officially confirmed by Paramount, although Schwarzenegger revealed back in March that there is a younger T-800 in the reboot. This would give us a clue that the rumor is most likely true. Williamson confirmed this casting but could not divulge any more details.

“I’m not really at liberty to discuss anything with regard to this part. My social media followers have been following my journey since I returned to the states from Iraq, which is why I shared that photo; my desire to overcome adversity has really moved people. Where I’m at in my life right now is destiny & it’s truly a blessing. I grew up as a skinny kid watching the original Terminator & was fascinated by Arnold which is the man who inspired my career in fitness. To be a part of this production is a dream come true & a very special moment for me.”

Similar news of the new film have revealed plot details, specifically the films connection to the original 1984 blockbuster. I myself must have watched the original hundreds of times. I was a huge fan of Schwarzenegger‘s work in film, as well as his rise in professional bodybuilding. In a quote from Hitflix, the details are interesting:

“Kind of like Back to The Future, the Terminator: Genesis script folds into the first film in the series…. There’s a scene in the script where literally, we see the scene in the first Terminator where Arnold steps out, the punks threaten him, he rips Bill Paxton’s heart out and takes his clothes and wanders off. And as soon as that scene ends, another Arnold Schwarzenegger who’s older, and bearded and a very different version of the Terminator, comes walking in from the other side and plays another scene, right at the scene of that first incident.”

It seems obvious too, that Williamson will simply be playing a T-800, not necessarily the model in the original film. The rumor is that ‘Genesis’ will show us the aging Terminator guarding Sarah Conner before the events of the ’84 film.

Watch this site for more details as they arise.

‘Terminator: Genesis’ will be in theaters July 1st, 2015 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung-hun Lee,Michael Gladis. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.

Source: Movie Web