Update: EW has released a few more images and storyboards from the film, which have been added below.
Obviously these two magazine covers are not actual stills from the movie. They're from an Entertainment Weekly promo piece dedicated to the movie, and maybe when it hits newstands this week it'll have some actual stills inside it. But even if it doesn't, this is the first exposure mainstream media is going to have to a new Terminator movie.
It's a little bizarre how brazenly it throws the last Terminator movies under the bus with "How to save a billion-dollar franchise." They may not have been critical darlings, but it's not like the franchise really needed saving considering Salvation and Rise of the Machines account for the majority of that billion-dollar box office gross. But that's beside the point. Let's just focus on what we see here:
Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) is the grumpy-faced Kyle Reese.
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is the windswept Sarah Connor.
Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is the scarred John Connor.
Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is John Connor's BFF or something.
And we'd assume that robot is a Terminator, but it's smiling with a set of human teeth, so we're just going to hope it's something else entirely.
As for the big plot twist revealed by Entertainment Weekly:
"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."
Terminator: Genisys hits theaters on July 1, 2015. What do you think of the variations on the franchise's mythology? Check out the images below.