Things just got timey wimey as news of former Time Lord, Matt Smith, has signed on for a major role in the upcoming ‘Terminator’ reboot trilogy.
The news was first announced on the Skydance Productions Twitter account and officially confirmed with a press release:
We don’t have a TARDIS, but we do have a Time Lord: we’re pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.
— Skydance Productions (@Skydance) May 2, 2014
While details on Smith’s character have not been disclosed, the release does state that he will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor, In addition, Deadline is reporting that the role will be bigger in the second and third installments. Curiously, the press statement does not call the first film in this new trilogy ‘Terminator: Genesis’ so don’t get too comfortable with the title as it may change.
Smith is best known as the 11th Doctor in the highly popular BBC series ‘Doctor Who’. Since handing over his sonic screwdriver and TARDIS key to Peter Capaldi, the actor has taken the stage to play Patrick Bateman in the British stage version of ‘American Psycho’ and can be next seen in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut film ‘Lost River’ (formally titled ‘How to Catch a Monster’) which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
It’s quite ironic that the ‘Terminator’ reboot added a time traveler to its cast as it has been rumored that the plot of this ‘Terminator’ film (which was written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier) is said to involve a younger T-800 who goes back in time and revisits key moments from past ‘Terminator’ films. We can only surmise that this younger T-800 will be changing a few things in the past and it will be up to our heroes to once again try and prevent the post-apocalyptic future that seems destined to occur.
Smith joins Arnold Schwarzenegger (as an older T-800), Jason Clarke (‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty) as John Conner , Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’) as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney (‘Divergent’, ‘I, Frankenstein’) as Kyle Reese, J.K. Simmons (‘Spider-Man’ trilogy), Dayo Okeniyi (‘The Hunger Games’) and Byung Hun Lee (‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’). Aaron Williamson is rumored to play the younger T-800.
Directed by Alan Taylor (‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Game of Thrones), the ‘Terminator’ reboot is slated to be in theaters on July 1, 2015.