The New Plot Summary from Terminator: Genisys Is a Mythology Game Changer
Entertainment Weekly just released new plot details for the upcoming reboot of the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genisys, and they essentially discard all timeline continuity from the previous films.
The set-up of the movie sounds just like fans would expect, with rebel leader John Connor sending trusted soldier Kyle Reese back in time to save his mother from being killed by a Terminator who is trying to prevent John from being born. But Kyle meets a very different Sarah Connor than the one we're used to: "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."
Game of Thrones's Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Divergent's Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese:
"Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen," said producer David Ellison. "But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction."
Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke as John Connor and Doctor Who's Matt Smith as an unnamed ally:
I know this is a blatant contrivance meant to keep Schwarzenegger in the films when it makes no sense for him to be there, and I know most fans of the franchise will probably bristle at this drastic change from the original's timeline, but I'm actually excited. It sounds like an interesting take on the Sarah Connor character, similar to the character of Cameron in Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Terminator: Genisys comes out on July 1, 2015.