We’re almost to the point when you don’t actually need to watch the Super Bowl in order to see all of the ads and movie previews that air during the game. The latest film to debut its Super Bowl television spot ahead of the broadcast is Terminator: Genisys, the upcoming reboot of the Terminator franchise that brings Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the iconic T-800 android assassin.
Unlike some of the other TV spots released recently, the 30-second teaser for Terminator: Genisys offers up some new footage, with scenes of Schwarzenegger and co-star Emilia Clarke — who takes over for Linda Hamilton in the role of Sarah Connor — featured in some intense action sequences. Along with what looks like a new version of the liquid-metal T-1000, the pair are the focus of the preview, with co-stars Jai Courtney (who plays Kyle Reese, the role played by Michael Biehn in the original 1984 film) and Jason Clarke (in the role of John Connor) relatively absent from the footage.
The new film effectively resets the franchise timeline, with Schwarzenegger’s T-800 once again protecting Sarah Connor from the various assassins sent back in time to kill her and ensure robots’ dominance in the future war with humans, but with the added twist of having dispatched the version of himself from the 1984 film, too. This new timeline is where Kyle Reese (Courtney) finds himself in the film, and he’s faced with a very different version of Sarah Connor and the world he was told would be waiting for him.
Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), the film also stars J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, and Byung-Hun Lee.
Terminator: Genisys hits theaters July 1.
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