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Plot details leaking out for Terminator: Genisys

After the damp squib that was Terminator: Salvation, Paramounts hopes for the future of the Terminator franchise lay squarely on the shoulders of the irritatingly monikered Terminator: Genisys. The film stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) who takes over from Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. She's joined by Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and former Doctor Who lead, Matt Smith.

The first plot details have leaked out giving us some idea of how this fits in with the previous film storylines - and it appears on first glance that the plan is to initiate a Abrams-Trek inspired reboot which leaves the previous canon in place while establishing a whole new series of events...

The plot details are below, but first, here's an early look at the key cast in character from the front covers of the latest EW...

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The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.

Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.


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