Following Wednesday’s cover reveal, Entertainment Weekly has debuted some more photos for the upcoming Terminator Genisys, including our first official look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film. Terminator Genisys is the first of a new trilogy of Terminator films that stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee and Michael Gladis.
The magazine has also revealed more details, including confirmation on some long-standing rumors, thus I’m going to issue a potential spoiler warning.
EW reports that the film will be recreating Schwarzenegger’s first appearance in the original 1984 film at L.A.’s Griffith Observatory using both a body double and digital scans of his face from Cameron’s film.
“It’s the holy grail of visual effects,” producer David Ellison said. “You create a walking, breathing human that doesn’t exist.”
Despite the filmmakers wishing to keep it a secret, EW also reveals that the film’s villain will be a man-machine hybrid which they’re hoping will be a “visual game-changer” along with the digital Arnold.
“Part of the challenge is to dazzle people with something they haven’t seen before,” director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) said. “There are elements in our main villain that are straining the capacities of our brilliant visual effects people. So that’s a good sign.”
Also revealed in the article is that former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will appear in the film. The outlet doesn’t state who he is playing other than “a close ally to John Connor.”
The biggest piece of news, plot-wise is how different Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) will be portrayed in the film. According to EW, Sarah was orphaned when she was 9 due to a Terminator sent back in time and as a result is raised by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, whom she calls “Pops.” This older T-800 is “programmed to guard rather than to kill,” and has influenced Sarah as she is described as “great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.”
“Since she was 9-years-old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen,” Ellison said. “But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”
Terminator Genisys is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 1, 2015.