Jai Courtney Talks Terminator Genisys Rating, Setting and Sequels

It’s easy to forget when thinking about the landscape of 2015’s blockbusters that a new “Terminator” movie is on the horizon, but come next July Paramount Pictures will bring us Terminator Genisys, the start of a new trilogy of films. Speaking with a number of outlets, A Good Day to Die Hard‘s Jai Courtney, who takes on the Kyle Reese role in the film, talked about the upcoming project, which he says isn’t exactly a sequel or a reboot.

“What I can say is that we start in a place we’re familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change. It somewhat shifts the course of events from that point,” he told The Huffington Post. “It’s not necessarily a sequel or a reboot. I don’t even know how you brand it correctly. We’re not remaking one of the early ‘Terminator’ movies. And it doesn’t necessarily carry on from the point where we left off.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Arnold Fans, Courtney was asked if he thought the film would be rated R, which doesn’t seem likely according to the star.

“I would love to see it be rated R, but I don’t think it will. I think in this day & age, it’s much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there’ll be a healthy amount of movie violence.”

Courtney was also asked about shooting the already-announced sequels to the film and whether franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger would return.

“Hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold. I guess we start filming – I think the plan is do the next 2 back to back in 2016.”

Also starring Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung Hun Lee and Matt Smith, Terminator Genisys is directed by Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. It’s set to hit theaters on July 1, 2015. You can check out what Simmons told us about the film by clicking here.