Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that Doctor Who star Matt Smith has joined the cast of the upcoming Terminator reboot.

Matt Smith will play a new character with a strong connection to John Connor, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung-hun Lee.

Alan Taylor is directing the film from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions are producing. Skydance's Paul Schwake, Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison, Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier are executive producing.

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Matt Smith is best known for playing The Doctor on the popular Doctor Who television series during the 2011-2103 seasons. His other television credits include Christopher and His Kind, Moses Jones and The Street. He can be seen next on the big screen in Lost River, directed by Ryan Gosling, alongside Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes.

The Terminator franchise launched in 1984 with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.

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