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In what has to be among the least surprising news of the week, it seems that Emilia Clarke is not interested in returning to the ‘Terminator’ franchise following the critical mess that was ‘Terminator: Genisys.’ The film, which had been planned to revitalize the franchise with fresh faces and the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a the title role, bombed with critics (despite some early press claiming that it was a good film, one comment even made by James Cameron that he enjoyed ‘Genisys’). Still, it did make a meager 440 million, which these days might just be enough to warrant a sequel or two. Unfortunately for the studio, if they want to keep going, they will have to do it without Emilia Clarke’s version of Sarah Conner. When asked if she would return to play the character, the ‘Game of Thrones’ actress replied with the following statement:

“No…Can I say that? It’s okay. No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.”

One cannot blame Clarke for feeling that way, as being pulled into a major franchise and having it fail is not very fulfilling as an actor, and she does have a lot on her plate right now, even if we do not count her work on the HBO hit show. On June 3rd her new movie ‘Me Before You’ is coming out, where she plays a woman who begins caring for a wealthy young man who has recently become paralyzed. It is a role she is very excited about, as she had read the book and felt a real connection to the characters:

“I read the book and it was just the most beautiful thing I had ever read. I was shooting ‘Terminator’ at the time and had a rocket launcher in my hand while crying like a little girl. I felt like the author, Jojo Moyes, had found a part of me and just wrote it down. I knew that I just had to play the role.”

Good for her for continuing to find roles that intrigue her and allow her to open up her artistic expression. Of course, that is bad news for the ‘Terminator’ franchise, who had hoped the fresh faces of ‘Genisys’ would stick around for some sequels. What are your thoughts on Clarke leaving the franchise? Did you see ‘Genisys?’ Would you want to see another film set in that universe? Share your opinions in the comments below!

Source: Coming Soon

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