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Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

Jai Courtney talks ‘Terminator Genisys’ ‘reset,’ sequels and watching the earlier films

Actor Jai Courtney is promoting his upcoming film Felony, and the discussion turned to Terminator: Genisys. He used the chance to describe the film as a “reset” while speaking with Collider.

“I think it’s going to be really cool what they’ve done with it,” says the star. “It’s curious, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we actually frame—people want to know if it’s a sequel or a reboot.  A word that kind of came to me is that it’s more of a ‘reset.’”

terminator-2-judgment-day-arnold-schwarzenegger-batteredHe acknowledges that time travels keeps the rules in flux.

“That’s the awesome thing about when you play with time travel. We can kind of get away with, you know, maybe we’re introduced to a world that audiences know but circumstances can change and that shifts the course of everything.”

Fans of the franchise and new fans will somehow be able to jump in with Genisys according to Courtney when asked if  the first Terminator is a required viewing to see this film.

“I don’t think it’s either or,” he says. “I think it’s, if they wanted to [watch the previous films] they could but I don’t think that if they hadn’t they’ll see our film and be completely lost,” he says.

With regards to the Terminator sequels, which have already been dated for release in 2017 and 2018, Courtney seems game to be a part of this franchise:

“They’ve already slated [the sequels].  They released their proposed released dates for the next two, so it’s cool.  Something like that, I don’t have a problem thinking that it’ll be part of my life for the next few years because I’m into it.  I like the idea of it… I feel like with this, the plan they have and the journey that we’re gonna go on from here will be different enough to not feel like we’re just repeating history.”

Directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) and co-starring Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Clarke, Terminator Genisys arrives July 3, 2015.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator half face photo

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