Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins 'Terminator: Genesis'

Matt Smith

Matt Smith, who plays Doctor Who in the eponymous TV series, has been added to the cast of Terminator: Genesis. Smith and body builder Aaron Williamson, who is rumored to play a younger T-800, are the latest to join the production, which is currently filming.

According to the press release, Smith will play a new character who has "a strong connection to John Connor." Deadline hears that Smith's role will be more prominent in the second and third movie.

Genesis is rumored to be a Back to the Future take on the Terminator story, where characters travel back (and ahead?) in time to iconic moments from the previous entries. If that's the case, could Smith's character be related to the T-1000 somehow?

Alan Taylor is directing from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to star as the T-800. Also in the cast are Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Terminator: Genesis will be in theaters on July 1, 2015.

Here's the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 2, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith will join the cast of the upcoming “TERMINATOR” reboot.

Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Alan Taylor is directing the film from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions are producing. Skydance’s Paul Schwake, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, Kalogridis and Lussier are executive producing.

Smith is best known for playing The Doctor on the popular “Doctor Who” television series during the 2011-2103 seasons. His other television credits include “Christopher and His Kind,” “Moses Jones,” and “The Street.” He can be seen next on the big screen in “LOST RIVER,” directed by Ryan Gosling, alongside Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes.

He is represented by United Talent Agency and Michael Duff at Troika.

The “TERMINATOR” franchise launched in 1984 with Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.

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