Last month, cameras began rolling on Paramount and Skydance's pricey "Terminator" reboot (supposedly entitled "Terminator: Genesis," although this has yet to be confirmed), with a cast in place consisting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke (no relation), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, and Byung Hun Lee. But today the studio announced a major new cast member in the form of "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, who will play a mysterious and unspecified role in the movie.
While American audiences are most likely unfamiliar with Smith's work, he's garnered a major cult following thanks to his role on "Doctor Who" during the 2011-2013 seasons (and, admittedly, he is pretty dreamy). His next big film role comes in the form of the Cannes-ready Ryan Gosling directorial effort "Lost River," where he stars alongside Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Gosling's lady Eva Mendes, out later this fall.
Concrete plot details of the new "Terminator" movie remain damnably obscured, although Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the murderous (or is it friendly?) cyborg, Emilia Clarke will step into the role of Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton in the first two movies), Jason Clarke will play savior-of-humanity John Connor (played by Edward Furlong and Nick Stahl in the other movies) and Jai Courtney will play Luddite freedom fighter Kyle Reese. Smith's role is being closely guarded although is being described as "significant." So we'll see.
The official Paramount story doesn't mention future films, but by all indications Smith will play a role throughout the planned trilogy of movies. So if Americans don't know who he is now, they are about to become very aware.
"Terminator: Genesis" (or whatever it ends up being called) will be directed by "Thor: The Dark World" and "Game of Thrones" helmer Alan Taylor and is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, 2015 aka Judgment Day.