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Published on May 2nd, 2014 | by Philip Bates

STOP PRESS: Matt Smith Joins Terminator Trilogy!

It sounds like our beloved Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is starting to conquer Hollywood: he’s been cast in the upcoming Terminator trilogy!

Matt is set to make his debut as a new character who has strong connections with John Connor in Terminator: Genesis, to be released on 1st July 2015 – and his role will be expanded in the further two movies.

Directed by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, Terminator: Genesis also sees the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, alongside Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Here’s the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 2, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith will join the cast of the upcoming “TERMINATOR” reboot.

Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Alan Taylor is directing the film from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions are producing. Skydance’s Paul Schwake, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, Kalogridis and Lussier are executive producing.

Smith is best known for playing The Doctor on the popular “Doctor Who” television series during the 2011-2103 seasons. His other television credits include “Christopher and His Kind,” “Moses Jones,” and “The Street.” He can be seen next on the big screen in “LOST RIVER,” directed by Ryan Gosling, alongside Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes.

He is represented by United Talent Agency and Michael Duff at Troika.

The “TERMINATOR” franchise launched in 1984 with Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.

Matt’s had his eye on Hollywood for a while, of course – all the way back in 2010, he said:

Why the hell not? I could do with a bit of poolside. I’d take my mum – she’d love it.

But since then, he told the Metro that he might have to take the slow path:

I try not to take on any pressure. Take each job as it comes and if it takes me twenty years or thirty years or fifty years, hopefully I will get there in the end.

And there have been rumblings of him even starring in Star Wars: Episode VII, though this is becoming less likely by the day, sadly.

We’re all proud of you, Matt. Don’t forget about us Whovians, Raggedy Man…!

(Via Deadline | With thanks to Joe)

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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.




5 Responses to STOP PRESS: Matt Smith Joins Terminator Trilogy!


  1. Excellent can’t wait to see how this pans out

  2. Spider-pope says:

    I had no intention of seeing any more Terminator films. Now though, i will be there on opening day.

  3. DonnaM says:

    Not my kind of film I must say, but congrats Matt! I’m sure he’ll get equally significant roles in projects that are more to my taste in the future :-)

  4. Geoff says:

    I’m very pleased Matt seems to be doing well in movies. As he says himself it could be a long path and plenty fall off along the way but he’s never struck me as a man who is ambitious for fame or celebrity but ambitious to stretch himself and perform well. I’m really interested to see him in other roles because I’ve only ever seen him in Doctor Who where as I’ve said lots of times always found him excellent.

  5. Geoff says:

    Interesting that the press release uses the expression “Doctor Who star” showing that whoever does the PR knows that the Doctor Who association is something to be traded on. This is especially flattering for the DW production team because this is an international press release which shows how far and important DWs reach is.

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