'Terminator: Genesis,' 'The Purge 2' Gets Leads; Peter Jackson on 'Tintin' Sequel

While the latest Terminator film tries to figure out who it wants to play Sarah Connor, the production looks close to be casting its John Connor.

Deadline reports that Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke is currently in talks to play the leader of the rebellion against Skynet in the fifth movie of the Terminator franchise, which recently revealed an unofficial title: Terminator: Genesis.

Clarke also starred in The Great Gatsby and White House Down earlier this year and will be headlining Dawn of the Planet of the Apes next year.

Tom Hardy had been rumored for the John Connor role for the past month.

Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Talyor will helm the film.

Terminator: Genesis is set to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

Frank Grillo has landed the lead victim role in The Purge 2.

Plot details are currently under wraps. The first Purge starred Ethan Hawke and made almost $90 million worldwide on a $3 million budget.

Grillo has been adding a number of high-profile supporting roles to his resume in recent years. Some of his past credits include Warrior, The Grey, End of Watch, Zero Dark Thirty and Gangster Sqaud. He'll be seen in Marvel's Captain America sequel next year.

The Purge 2 is scheduled to begin (in theaters) June 20, 2014.

Remember all that talk last year about Peter Jackson directing the next Adventures of Tintin movie? Well, Jackson still plans to helm the sequel once he's done with The Hobbit movies.

Jackson told Italian site BadTaste.it that "As soon as I'm free of The Hobbit, I'll be back into doing Tintin. It was held up by The Hobbit, bet we have every intention of doing another Tintin movie and it's just waiting on me to be done with these Hobbit movies."

With The Desolation of Smaug in theaters this weekend, Jackson only has the third and final film to prep for its December 17, 2014 release.

Figuring it would take about a year to write/film/edit the Tintin sequel, that would put the film in theaters around 2016 at the earliest, some five years after the first film. Will audiences still be interested in the sequel and character at that point?

 

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