Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. TriStar Pictures

Paramount has confirmed that forthcoming fifth Terminator film, Terminator: Genesys will be the start of a new trilogy.

The studio announced that sequels will be released in 2017 and 2018 following the new film's release next year.

Genesys is both a sequel and a soft reboot, starring an aging Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and recasting the famous roles of Sarah Connor, John Connor and Kyle Reese.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will play Sarah Connor, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Jason Clarke her son John in future portions of the film and Jack Reacher's Jai Courtney as Reese.

Rumours have suggested that the film will use the series' twisting time-travel plot to re-tread a number of scenes from the original film and its sequel before setting up a new story.

Schwarzenegger revealed the title of the new film on Instagram, causing a bit of a stir with its liberal use of correct spelling. Though we assume that Genesys is the name of a company, rather than misspelling for the sake of looking a bit cooler.

Matt Smith, JK Simmons and Byung-hun Lee also star in the picture, which has been directed by Game of Thrones alum Alan Taylor, whose first foray into big budget film making came with last year's Thor: The Dark World.

The first sequel will arrive on 19 May 2017, a few weeks after a planned but as-of-yet unannounced Marvel Studios project, while the 2018 film will be released on 19 June.

Terminator: Genesys will be released on 1 July 2015.