A Good Day To Die Hard star Jai Courtney could be joining the Terminator franchise. Photo: Dennis Van Tine Soldier reboot … Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) in the original Terminator film franchise.
Australian actor Jai Courtney has found himself in the final leg of the race to cast the lead role in the Hollywood’s reboot of the Terminator franchise.
Terminator: Genesis, which is slated for a 2015 release in cinemas, is one of the most anticipated blockbuster films in development in Los Angeles.
The industry news blog Deadline has named Courtney and actor Boyd Holbrook as the two actors left vying for the role of Kyle Reese.
Reese was played by Michael Biehn in the original Terminator film franchise.
Holbrook is a 32-year-old former model turned actor, whose credits include Milk, Hatfields & McCoys and Behind The Candelabra.
Sydney-born Courtney, 27, is best known for roles in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and A Good Day to Die Hard. Before moving to Hollywood, his Australian TV career included roles in Packed to the Rafters and All Saints.
Terminator: Genesis is already generating buzz because the franchise’s original superstar, actor turned California governor turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as the “terminator” cyborg.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has already been signed to play Sarah Connor.
Another Australian actor, Jason Clarke, has been rumoured for the role of Sarah’s son John Connor.
Casting the film has been a long and sometimes public process.
Australian actress Margot Robbie was considered for the role of Sarah Connor, but ultimately lost to Emilia Clarke.
In addition to Courtney and Holbrook, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hardy, Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult were all tested for the role of Kyle Reese but eventually ruled out.
The original Terminator, released in 1984, starred Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin, model T-800, which was sent back in time to kill a woman, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son would one day become a key resistance fighter.
The character of Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, was a resistance fighter sent back in time to protect Connor and her son.
The film was a monumental hit, followed by three sequels: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and, more recently, Terminator Salvation.
Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1, 2015.
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