JK Simmons Signed On For TERMINATOR GENISYS Sequels
Yesterday we posted an article that offers up some interesting speculation that JK Simmons' role of Detective O'Brien in Terminator Genisys was much bigger that most people thought it was. That theory is that (spoiler alert) he's the one that sent the T-800 back in time to protect Sarah Connor.
There are two other Terminator sequels that have already been planned and written. All along, the game plan has been to make this new Terminator installment the start of a trilogy, and if they move forward with it, it looks like Simmons' character is going to continue to be around.
/Film recently did an interview with the actor in which he confirmed that he would be back in the sequels if they move forward. When asked about his character, he said:
“Yes, we are told O’Brien does [survive]…in fact, we went back and did a little added shot on the roof of the whole helicopter sequence to make sure that we see that after Arnold throws me away so that he can save people, I’m one of those that he saves, and I’m still alive and watching what's happening.”
When asked to clarify if he would in fact return to the sequel, Simmons told the site, “I am signed on, so if there are sequels I will by God be there.” He then goes on to explain what we might be able to expect from his character next time we see him:
“There are a lot of ways we could go with O’Brien and we’ve actually have had those discussions already, so I do know where it goes — but that's part of the fun of the character, he’s the only guy in 2017, in the regular world, that has a clue what's going on. Nobody believes him, but he does sorta know what's up, or is beginning to figure out what the whole story is here. So I think if we make the sequels as they continue, I think O’Brien’s credibility level will develop.”
I really enjoyed Terminator Genisys, and I would really love to see the full story that has been planned across the trilogy play out on the big screen. It will also be fun to see how Detective O'Brien's role in the film will play out.