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'Doctor Who' actor Matt Smith to join 'Terminator' cast

The actor will play a new character "with a strong connection" to John Connor.

By Annie Martin
'Doctor Who' actor Matt Smith to join 'Terminator' cast
English actor Matt Smith, best known for playing the Eleventh Doctor on "Doctor Who," has been cast in the upcoming "Terminator" reboot. (UPI/Paul Treadway) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- Matt Smith has joined the cast of the upcoming Terminator reboot.

The 31-year-old Doctor Who star has secured a role in Terminator: Genesis. Paramount Pictures announced Friday that Smith will play a "new character with a strong connection to John Connor."

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Terminator original Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return as the Terminator/T-800. Jason Clarke will take on the role of John Connor, and Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke (no relation) has been cast as Sarah Connor. Jai Courtney, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung-hun Lee also star.

Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor has been brought on to direct the new movie. Genesis is the fifth installment in the Terminator series; the original film debuted in 1984.

Terminator: Genesis is scheduled for a July 1, 2015 release.

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