Cast/Recast: Terminator 2: Judgement Day


It’s time for me to recast another old film. This time we’re going back to a sequel. Released in 1991, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is set ten years after the events of The Terminator (1984), with the two main leads returning. I actually prefer this to the original film, partly because the effects are far less dated, but largely because the T-1000 is introduced, and it was just super-cool. The plot was pretty neat and not even the pouting and annoying Edward Furlong as John Connor could spoil it (even though he was 14 years old at the time and as Sarah Connor only got pregnant with him ten years earlier, he’d only be nine years old at this point in the timeline!). Here’s how I would cast this film if I were shooting it now:

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Character: The Terminator
Originally played by: Arnold Schwarzenegger / Recast: Tom Hardy

TerminatorWhen it comes to the original Terminator, you need someone with bulk. Tom Hardy proved he could bulk right up for roles such as Bronson and Bane, so we know he could certainly look the part. He’s also a very fine actor, so we could expect an excellent performance from him as the nemesis-turned-protector.

Character: Sarah Connor
Originally played by: Linda Hamilton / Recast: Emilia Clarke

sarah connorSarah Connor made a swift transition from innocent young waitress to a gun-toting bad-ass. Clarke plays the Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones, so I’m pretty certain she could handle playing the Mother of the savior of mankind! Plus, I’d just love to see her toting a really BIG gun!

Character: John Connor
Originally played by: Edward Furlong / Recast: Asa Butterfield

john connorEdward Furlong was too old, at 14 years old, to play John Connor. Asa Butterfield is 16 years old, but he looks much younger (the picture shown is from last year’s Ender’s Game). He is a superb actor who has shown he can turn his hand to pretty much anything in such films as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hugo, and Ender’s Game, he’d be great as the young John Connor, and I can see him pulling off stunts like rescuing his mother from the mental institution and riding off with Tom Hardy on a motorbike with no difficulty.

Character: T-1000
Originally played by: Robert Patrick / Recast: Tom Hiddleston

T-1000We need someone who can ask “Have you seen this boy?” in a menacing manner whilst not doing anything particularly menacing. In fact, he needs to be menacing in an entirely neutral manner. Hiddleston is my man of choice. Come on, he’s Loki, for Chrissakes! He can be broodingly dangerous at the drop of a hat. He’d be the perfect choice.

Character: Dr. Silberman
Originally played by: Earl Boen / Recast: Bruce Davison

silbermanWe need someone who looks like they have a quiet authority, and Davison would project that calm demeanor brilliantly. He could be sympathetic, yet slightly condescending in a way that would enrage the incarcerated Sarah Connor, while coming across as perfectly reasonable. He’d be exactly the kind of person we’d love to see her stab with a pen.

So, that’s who I would cast in the main roles in a remake of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Do you agree with my choices? Do you think others would be better suited? Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please do leave a comment below!

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5 thoughts on “Cast/Recast: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

  1. I agree with all except Emilia Clarke. Just, no. Sarah Connor has a hardness that Emilia Clarke wouldn’t be able to nail. Emilia’s too soft and elegant.
    Lena Headey could bring Sarah Connor to life. If everyone was open to switching her race, I think Hettienne Park could also do it justice.

    1. Lena Heady played Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which is why I steered clear of casting her here – I wanted to cast someone who hadn’t already played the role (good, as Headey was). I think Clarke could pull it off. Even just looking at her performance in Game of Thrones, her character is becoming harder, and I think she could portray both the innocence of Sarah before the Terminator arrived, and the hardness she has to develop as a survival mechanism.

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