The Terminator series is back.
The fifth in the franchise, “Terminator Genisys,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic role (and yes, uttering his iconic line) also stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.
Jason Clarke joins Terminator 5.0 as John Connor in the year 2029, leading the human fight against the machines.
“They’ve put John at the center of the things. That’s what I loved about it,” Clarke said. “John’s got a Noah-like quality: ‘I’ve got a boat, the storm’s coming, if you want to join me.'”
A longtime fan of the series, Clarke watched the first two Terminator movies for a refresher course prior to filming
“There was great trepidation in picking this up and having a valid reason and a plan to go with it,” he said. But he loved the complex and action-packed script. “John’s become the problem as well as the possibility. What is mankind going to do about it?”
The Terminator series celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, but still feels relevant to today’s audiences, he said.
“It’s sci fi as well as action. It’s good sci fi in terms of its premise that give it its longevity,” he said. “And we all love a good end of the world story.”
He had a blast working with Schwarzenegger.
“I loved his stories,” Clarke said. “He’s lived an extraordinary life. It was nice to spend time in his company.”
Clarke, known for his role as an aggressive interrogator in “Zero Dark Thirty,” filmed the 2012 movie “Lawless” (which also starred his ZD30 co-star Jessica Chastain) in metro Atlanta.
“Everybody’s shooting there,” he said of Atlanta and Georgia’s booming film industry. He recently finished filming “Everest” and is working on “All I See Is You” at the moment, but it’s just a matter of time before work brings him our way again.
And then he’ll (ahem) be back.