In case you were wondering how Matt Smith would spend his time now that he’s done with Doctor Who, that appears to have been solved. The Eleventh Doctor is joining the new Terminator trilogy in a role that Deadline describes as “a major role that will grow in the second and third films.”
In other words, he won’t be cannon fodder.
The fifth Terminator film, alternately referred to as Terminator: Genesis and simply, Terminator, already includes Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Connor), Jason Clarke (as John Connor), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese), Day Okeniyi (as Danny Dyson) and an unknown gentleman named Arnold Schwarzenegger. That’s an awful lot of potentially heroic types in this movie. Could Matt Smith be making the leap to villainy to distinguish himself from his time on Doctor Who?
Skydance productions confirmed the news via Twitter:
We don't have a TARDIS, but we do have a Time Lord: we're pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.
— Skydance Productions (@Skydance) May 2, 2014