Terminator Genisys
(Entertainment Weekly)

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at next year's Terminator reboot.

Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney star on one cover as Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, with Jason Clarke as John Connor on the other, alongside former Doctor Who star Matt Smith as an unammed ally.

Terminator Genisys
(Entertainment Weekly)

Interestingly there's no look yet at Arnold Schwarzenegger's aging android, whose organic flesh is aging over that iconic exoskeleton (well that's certainly one way to get around Arnie's 67 years).

Genisys is said to be both a sequel, a prequel and reboot in a similar vein to JJ Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film, with some nifty time-travel and talk of alternate time-lines being used to both revisit and reset the established events of the last four Terminator movies.

"It's like going on tour again if you're Pink Floyd—the audience always wants to hear some of the old songs," Matt Smith tells EW. "There are enough nods to the past that people will feel satisfied."

In a twist on the original films, Sarah Connor was once orphaned by a Terminator and has instead been raised by one that will be played by Schwarzenegger, who Connor has conditioned to protect rather than kill, and who she effectionately calls "pops".

"Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen," says producer David Ellison. "But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction."

Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor is in the director's chair for the film set to be released on 3 July 2015.