Actor Dayo Okeniyi arrives to the premiere of "Cavemen" at the ArcLight Cinemas on February 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California

Actor Dayo Okeniyi arrives to the premiere of “Cavemen” at the ArcLight Cinemas on February 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California

*Dayo Okeniyi (“The Hunger Games”) has landed a pivotal role in “Terminator: Genesis,” a reboot of the franchise for Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures. The studios will film three installments, with the second and third films shooting back to back over nine months.

Okeniyi will play a Steve Jobs-type genius named Danny Dyson, who figures heavily into the conclusion of the film, reports Deadline.com. He is also the son of the brainiac cyborg developer Miles Dyson, played by Joe Morton in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Young Dyson holds the key to technology development that makes Skynet possible.

The first film gets underway shortly in Louisiana.

According to Deadline, Okeniyi and John Boyega were the two top choices for this key final role, and his casting came only after heavy competition from the new “Star Wars” director JJ Abrams, who wanted Okeniyi to test for one of the leads of that film. Paramount and Skydance’s David Ellison eventually won the bidding war.

Other “Terminator: Genesis” leads are already set. “Game Of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke is Sara Connor, “Zero Dark Thirty’s” Jason Clarke is her son John Connor, Jai Courtney is locked as Kyle Reese, and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his signature cyborg, in the time-travel saga that will be directed by Alan Taylor.

The film has a July 1, 2015 release date.