Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame will play the key role of Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator franchise reboot that's expected to hit theaters in mid-2015. Clarke is perhaps best known for her role as dragon-toting Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones TV series on HBO. Deadline, which reported the casting, says Clarke beat out actress Brie Larson for what was a seminal role played by Linda Hamilton in the first two Terminator films. Clarke will be joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and possibly Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), who is said to be currently in negotiations for the role of Connor's son. This is the second time an actress from Game of Thrones has been played Connor. Lena Headey (who plays Cersei Lannister), portrayed Connor in the short-lived 2008 TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
The first of three films
The new films, which are being directed by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, will be a stand-alone trilogy that starts with Terminator: Genesis on July 1, 2015. Part of the reason for a reemergence of the films were rights issues for the franchise, which revert back to James Cameron in 2019. Siblings Megan Ellison and David Ellison secured the filming rights last year, with reports that there will also be a TV show tie-in. The series is just the latest 1980s action series to get a revamp, with José Padilha's new RoboCop film arriving next February.