It's looking more and more like the new Terminator film is going to drive everyone crazy.
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.
I don't even think I know how to unpack all this. So Sarah Connor (played by Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke) knows about Terminators already? She's being raised by one? That essentially wipes out the entire previous storyline, which has been severely warped already thanks to Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation.
It also positions the returning Arnold Schwarzenegger -- once again -- as a "good" Terminator, and in fact as a sort of Grandpa Terminator for lack of a better description. In fact, the whole thing sounds like a rehash of Terminator 2, with Sarah taking over the function of her son, John.
John is played by Jason Clarke in this film, while Jai Courtney is Kyle Reese and Matt Smith appears in a yet-to-be-identified role. Entertainment Weekly has also offered up two alternate covers showing off some of the cast, and let's just say they don't look all that impressive.
Terminator Genisys comes out July 1, 2015.