Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith has been cast in the “Terminator” reboot, Paramount Pictures announced in a statement Friday.
The studio said that Smith will be playing a new character “with a strong connection” to John Connor, now played by "Zero Dark Thirty" actor Jason Clarke, while other details about the name of Smith’s character and the role were not revealed.
Smith, who played the 11th incarnation of the Doctor on the hit British series, has been cast alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee. "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke will be playing the role of Sarah Connor and Jai Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese.
Skydance Productions, which is producing the film with Paramount Pictures, announced the casting of Smith in a tweet.
We don't have a TARDIS, but we do have a Time Lord: we're pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.
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— Skydance Productions (@Skydance) May 2, 2014
The reboot is rumored to be titled "Terminator: Genesis," and Alan Taylor, who helmed "Thor: The Dark World," will be directing the film.
The plot details of the upcoming reboot are yet to be revealed, but Schwarzenegger has reportedly said that the new film will have the same feel as “Terminator 2.”
"There's hardcore action and it has some really great visual effects in there, but not over the top," he said at the time. "It's not a 'Thor' type of movie, even though it's the same director. It has good special effects, but just enough to say, ‘Wow, where did that come from? How did they do that?’”
Smith’s other television credits include “Christopher and His Kind,” “Moses Jones,” and “The Street.”
Paramount Pictures has set a release date of July 1, 2015 for the “Terminator” reboot.