The last major role yet to be cast in Alan Taylor’s upcoming “Terminator” reboot is that of a young Kyle Reese. Variety reports that the list of contenders has been whittled down to five actors who are set to test for the role early next week.
The two most well-known names are rising Aussie thesp Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook. A memorable role in Starz’ “Spartacus” for Courtney led to a major role in “Jack Reacher,” the co-lead role of John McClane’s son in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and the key role of ‘Eric’ in the upcoming “Divergent”. He also appears in this month’s “I, Frankenstein” and is currently filming Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken”.
Kentucky-born Holbrook began his work with a small role in “Milk” which led to roles on “The Big C” and “Hatfields and McCoys”. Last year was a breakout year with key parts in “Out of the Furnace,” “Behind the Candelabra” and “The Host”. He’s also set to star in no less than eight films soon to score a release including David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Gavin O’Connor’s western “Jane Got a Gun,” Scott Frank’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Run All Night” and one of Terrence Malick’s next.
Also on the list are Wilson Bethel, Thomas Cocquerel and Sam Reid. New Hampshire-born Bethel has made a name for himself on TV starting with the mini-series “Generation Kill”. That preceded a regular role on “The Young and the Restless” and currently a key role in The CW’s “Hart of Dixie”. He also stars in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming “Inherent Vice”.
Both Reid and Cocquerel are Australian, Cocquerel is a recent graduate who is currently filming “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” and has roles in the upcoming mini-series “Anzac Girls” and “Love Child”.
Reid first appeared in the role of the Earl of Essex in “Anonymous,” plays a young version of Stellan Skarsgard’s character in the soon to release “The Railway Man” and also has a scene-stealing turn in the upcoming “Belle”. He’s also appeared on British TV in roles on “Spooks,” “Whitechapel,” “Marple” and “Endeavour”.
The first in a new stand-alone trilogy, the next “Terminator” also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke. Megan and David Ellison will produce.