The Terminator reboot/requel/whatever Terminator: Genesis has added a new cast member, one that will finally give fans of the series something we’ve been wanting to see… a T-800 model terminator that doesn’t look and talk like Arnold Schwarzenegger (although yes, I know the Sarah Connor Chronicles television series showed lots of T-800 models that weren’t Arnie, I’m talking about the movie series now. And not just the one we saw for a few seconds in the first movie either.) Bodybuilder Aaron Williamson recently announced that he’ll be playing a T-800 in the next installment of the franchise.
In a statement, Williamson said, “Thanks to an amazing team of people who help me get better each week, both physically and creatively, I’ll be playing a T-800 (Terminator) in the upcoming production Terminator: Genesis. I’m extremely grateful and motivated as this new chapter begins to take shape.” He then released a pic, which, by the way, is fan art and not official production art for the movie, but it does give us an idea of what to expect in terms of how he’ll look in the film. And it also suggests that Williamson won’t just be a body double, with a CGI face of a young Arnold grafted on to his body like was done in Terminator: Salvation, but his own unique T-800 model. Terminator: Genesis is being directed by Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor, and stars Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, and is scheduled for release in July, 2015.