J.K. Simmons discusses ‘very smart’ ‘Terminator: Genesis’

Actor will star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2015 release

Actor JK Simmons has said that Terminator: Genesis is a “very smart” update on the original movies, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Terminator: Genesis will be the first of three Terminator films to be released and will star Schwarzenegger alongside co-stars including Matt Smith and Emilia Clarke. Simmons (pictured above) will also appear in the film and told Empire that fans can expect a “reimagining” rather than a traditional sequel.

“I was leery of it when it first came my way, when my agent sent me the idea for it,” said Simmons. “It’s a small part, which they insist gets much bigger in the sequels. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the script itself.”

“The script, I think, is very smart, and it’s going to be a wonderful part for Arnold to do. Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are already shooting – we did a table read a few weeks ago – and all of them are going to be great.”

He continues: “This, I think, is a reimagining. They don’t want to call it a sequel or a reboot. It’s the world that James Cameron created with Arnold. All the leading characters are characters who have existed in that world – the character I play is new to it.”

Terminator: Genesis is released on June 26, 2015 and is being directed by Alan Taylor.