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And TV's John Connor Is...

Merrick here...
Thomas Dekker…who plays Claire’s recurring confidant on HEROES…will play the teen incarnation of future warrior/savior guy John Connor opposite Lena Headey’s Sarah Connor in Fox’s SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Geeks have seen Dekker. He played Thomas Picard back in STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (isn’t Thomas Jean-Luc’s illusory kid in Nexusland?), he’s appeared in STAR TREK: VOYAGER, John Carpenter’sVILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, and SEINFELD among many other credits. Here’s what he looks like…
If memory serves, this should go into production rather early next year. If I’m wrong, somebody please correct me in the Talkbacks below…

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  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Oh boy. Firstage?

    by savagexp


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Is this the "Funny Fucker" Kid?

    by savagexp

    you know, the episode with the non-fat yogurt and Jerry cusses out the kid?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Merrick, they do indeed start principal photography in January.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I like him in Heroes

    by pandamaster83

    But that picture is pretty embarassing.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Claire's recurring confidant..?

    by AdrianVeidt

    If my memory serves me correctly, that boy-o had his memory wiped clean at dear old dad's request. Which would suggest he will not be making it out of this season, I should think. But yeah, this works. He's actually a pretty good actor, and with the right direction would make an excellent John Connor.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    Just as long as they get rid of that, "There's Something About Mary" hairdo.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    No he was the kid in the hospital...

    by torontoxic

    ...who wanted some Yankee to hit 3 home runs. Or 2. I forget, but that was him. Then Kramer gets him the autographed card by accident.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Gotta love what Seinfeld has done to our pop culture...

    by TheSeeker7

    Yep, gotta love "the Sein". savagexp, that was the very first thing that I also thought of and was about to post back of, pointing out which episode he was in. "This yogurt is SO FUCKIN' GOOD!!" "Jerry!" "umm... ohhhh..."

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

    ahh... supermarch, I think you're right

    by TheSeeker7

    Yea my bad, I don't think he was yogurt boy after all. I believe you got it, he was the same episode as Paul O'Neill.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Is that a dude?

    by El Scorcho

    Looks like a chick. Bring back that junkie Furlong.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    YES THAT WAS MY SON.......

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    MAKE IT SO.....

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    It is the revenge

    by emeraldboy

    of 1980's UK new romantic pop. You can see in this shot he is auditioning for the flock of seagulls movie. lead singer maybe?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Slap a pair of tits on the boy

    by Cyberfury

    He looks like a girl.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    He was on Voyager?

    by Nodwick

    And he still has a career? How did that happen? We have to nuke him from orbit, just to be sure...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    John Connor?

    by Dave Bowman

    From the looks of his hair, he's getting ready to play Alexander Bumstead.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    100 Sarah Conners...

    by modlight

    knock knock "Hello?" "Sarah Conner?" "No I'm her son John." "You sure?" "Yes I'm sure." BLAM!! "pretty ladies always lie. hasta la vista, lady boy"

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    You intentionally put up a bad picture of him...

    by DanielKurland

    He does a fine job on Heroes, and I wish he had played the "Funny fucker" kid, as opposed to the "Paul O'Neil kid".

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I want him to be my conyo in prison

    by Cyberfury

    He can hold the inside of my rightpocket while I walk the halls..

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    this makes

    by purplemonkeydw

    2 out of 3 John Conners look like pussies. 'My name is John Conner, and I've come to save the world...through the power of Emo".

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    SOMEONE should buy the folks at Fox a calculator...

    by skynetbauxi

    in T2, John Connor is 10 years old. the story of T2 is set in 1994, 3 years before Judgment Day (which, in that timeline, is August 29th, 1997). in T3, we find out that Sarah Connor died in 1997. so how can this series be about Sarah and FIFTEEN YEAR OLD John??? John would be 15 in 1999, and Sarah would be dead by that time! then again, in T3 John tells us that he was 13 years old in T2 (which is a blatant case of retcon, but the screenwriters thought that no-one would notice). if we accept that, the timeframe of the series does make sense, but it still seems kinda stupid that Sarah and John would get attacked by Terminators on a weekly basis.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Doggus47

    That's gotta be eyeliner. He must be big in the William H. Macy in "Happiness" demographic.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Bad picture...

    by Sledge Hammer

    But he was pretty good in Heroes actually, in a rather unrewarding and thinly written role to boot. <p>That said, John Connor age logic has been totally assfucked ever since Mostow took it upon himself to decide that the facts of the previous Terminator films didn't matter (I mean seriously, what does James Cameron know anyhow, right?) and no one would give a shit if he changed the established facts while doing Terminator 3 (and if he truly thought that no one would give a shit then why bother to change it to begin with? Idiot.). Yeah, managed to fuck your career and your credibility right into the ground with them smart choices of yours, didn't you Mostow? Good work with that.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!

    by Pageiv

    So is Connor already a slacker?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Nice turn on House

    by greyspecter

    playing a duplicitous faith-healer with herpes. Did a pretty good job in that, had good self-assurance and intensity, more so than the unwashed geek in Heroes. Somewhere in between needs to be where JC should begin, but he needs to grow a pair fast, else how could he lead a world revolution? T3's version was a bit too panty-waisted for me, was hoping more for grizzled-ness. Not that i'll watch the show. ever.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST

    So Zach is out of Heroes? NO!!!

    by MrFloppy


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    He was also in

    by BizarroJerry

    "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show". A fact that I recalled because I used partially watch that show cuz the mother was hawt...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    That's a cute guy

    by aestheticity

    I'd fuck him if he wore a dress

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    John Connor age logic

    by skynetbauxi

    it's not really Mostow's fault. I mean, he's the director, but he didn't write it. according to IMDB, the guys to blame would be John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian. :) however, since the day I saw T3, I've also been wondering if someone had really fucked up, or if maybe someone had been such a clever geekish sci-fi-writer that most poeple just didn't get it. I mean, the story (and revealed backstory) of T3 is clever. that even in T2, Skynet hadn't just tried to kill John himself, but also to prevent John from falling in love with Kate, because their children would become important in the Resistance. then, years later, Skynet tried the same thing, the day that John and Kate meet for the second time. now if only there wasn't that matter with John's age. but maybe the writers didn't really fuck this up, but it was really John and Sarah who fucked up the timeline! after all, at the end of T2, they seriously changed the future by destroying the chip and arm that would lead to the creation of Skynet (I). Skynet (II) did get created anyway (maybe Cyberdyne had some backups or something), but the whole Judgment Day thing was postponed several years, so EVERYTHING in this new timeline must be totally different to the original future from T1 and T2. who knows, maybe Kyle Reese's parents were killed during the rise of the machines, and the Resistance sent someone completely different back in time to save Sarah and to become the father of John Connor. this would not only explain why John looks different in T3, but it could also explain the age difference, if Skynet (II) simlpy decided to kill Sarah 3 years before Skynet (I) had. wow, I'm actually starting to like this theory. :)

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1 p.m. CST


    by JBouganim


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Why not...

    by MetiphisLabs

    Make a series called "Get Out" based on the victims thrown from vehicles in the past three films and there subsequent recoveries as they get their lives back on track and come to terms with carjacking robots.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Fawst


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by skynetbauxi

    no matter how fantastic a story may be, it still needs to be CONSISTENT, or it stops working

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    "GET OUT"

    by skynetbauxi

    LOL, good idea

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by Cartagia

    I really doubt that anyone forgot... especially since it was mentioned about 5-6 posts before yours.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    What, no uber-creepy post from Harry?

    by SpyGuy

    Oh, regenerating hymen. My mistake.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by StealthBeagle

    Doggus47, I think you mean Dylan Baker.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by TheRealDilbert27


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Robocop vs Terminator

    by OtisSpofford

    INSTEAD, why don't they do a mini where they show that Robocop initiated the AI wars, then cleaned 'em up the way only RC can...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    So...I dont get it. Will there be terminators?

    by Mike_D

    I'm still a little confused at this concept. I dont know..I'll have to see the pilot.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Gay John

    by blackwood

    Makes sense. If you can't help the dwindling human population by breeding, the only other responsible choice is to become the leader of the revolution. I want some gay genre pieces - gay superheros, gay dragonslayers, gay monsters - Brokeback Mountain would have been totally more better if they were werewolves.<br><br>Also, DAMN YOU RACHEL RAY = lol.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    The revolution against the machines will be FAB-U-LOUS!

    by Big Bad Clone

    "Ooh what a darling anti tank missile, let's put it over there to blow up those fucking robots. And who's this stud?" "Kyle Reese" "My my, I guess you really will be my daddy."

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Middle of the road, man it stanks

    by durhay

    let's run over lionel richie with a tank. It's nice to see that "100 Sarah Conners" lives on.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Oh yes ...

    by Hercules

    There will be terminators.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST

    RE: Is this the "Funny Fucker" Kid?

    by yanksno1

    That's who I thought he was as well. Can anyone confirm? Hilarious ep.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    nevermind the above post

    by yanksno1

    Missed the couple comments that followed it, went straight to posting. ;)

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!

    by whoopdeedoo

    I still haven't completely bleached my brain of Nick Stahl's "performance" in "T3: Get To The Future Wars Already!!!"

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    and will there be...

    by skynetbauxi


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    QFT Spyguy, where's Clair-Bear covered in Harry's cum?

    by DigitalDong

    God that shits funny if your 16, but when you're 36...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The robots bloodless coup

    by Big Bad Clone

    all smothering. "Look out, John, that T-1000 just formed himself into a tasteful throw pillow"

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Can't believe this actually got this far.

    by gammaknight

    I never, ever thought this would be a go from that blurb a few months back. I'm cautiously optomistic that it could retain the spirit of the movies/books/comics and give us something that hopefully isn't just superfluous noise. I actually loved Terminator 3, if anyone can believe that. Hopefully this will turn into something good.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Good choice

    by jimmy_009

    But that picture was a bad, bad choice for all involved.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I GUESS the age thing is a valid point...

    by Fawst

    But seriously, does anyone think this WON'T fail? The present day story of Skynet and the Connors is stale. The end of T3 moved us beyond it. Why take a step back in time to have this series when you could move forward and get on with the future (a theme that was very strong throughout the films)? I have to say, the ending of T3 knocked me on my ass. I thought it was the most powerful scene of all three films. My point? It sucks to have that be the final image of the Terminator series, and now we have to move backwards to this. Blah.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    this is perfect casting...

    by TheBaxter

    ... for the upcoming George Michael biopic

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    This TB has taught me...

    by torontoxic

    ...geeks should never harp on athletic types for their latent homosexual tendencies. Given the opportunity you'd all gay out in a big way. Just not with each other. Well at least you have standards. <P> I see no need for this series. The Sega Genesis game provided me with more than enough closure on all things Terminator. <P>

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Harry & kid in shit-filled diaper during "Hulk"

    by Badger999

    In short, this show concept sounds like a loose-stool poop-fest to me.<br> <br> What's next? "Dude, Where's My Terminator?" or "Terminators on a Plane?"

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    No that's not the "funny fucker kid"


    That's the little sick boy from "The wink" episode. Is It or does that kid look like Keira Knightley

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    even if john was 13 on t2

    by punto

    wouldn't sarah die at the end of season 2? I guess it'd be great for sweeps tho..

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    As has been stated -- NOT the Funny Fucker.

    by savagexp

    Definitely the sick kid who wants multiple home runs from Paul O'Neil.<br><br>But to me, he'll still <i>looks</i> like a funny fucker.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Its a stupid concept to be filmed as cheap as they can.

    by Uncapie

    He has a female teen sidekick that's sent from the future to be his protector. He, the teen and Sarah are being pursued by another Terminator and leave via a time travelling device 1997 arriving in, get this, 2007. Naked, of course in the middle of a freeway. During rush hour. I shit you not.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Stupid azzz pricks

    by optimus122

    I hate 95% of the can all die and go to hell..every reply has to be either sarcastic or the same joke done for the 190 millionth time..or even worse full of hate!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    He sure has a purty mouth

    by Lips Bush

    Won't be watching this shitty show.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Optimus122, I'll send you a postcard.

    by Uncapie

    Its bad because...its bad story. That's where ideas begin. Doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure that one out.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:52 p.m. CST



    Your post is full of hate.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST

    he looks gay.

    by mr. brownstone

    sorry. there's just is no other word to describe that picture. except maybe... GAY! In other words, it looks gay. And by gay I mean happy.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    So glad I don't know any Seinfeld trivia...

    by ComputerGuy68

    I never supported that racist asshole richards...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST



    That trailer was swwwweeeeeet.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST

    ooh its the creepy good kid from village of the damned

    by davidlyons

    and he still looks fucking creepy. "skynet sent eight hundred and twenty two terminators back through time, it was just a question of which one's we could be arsed sending somebody back to fight" might be shit but we'll all watch anyway

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by davidlyons

    thats the funniest post i've seen in ages, nice, id pay to see it as a movie.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by davidlyons

    no hate in the above post! or in his. quality

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    recast the role...

    by lynxpro

    If we are going to get a kraptacular series, how 'bout they should for a blaxploitation motiff and give the role to Sticky Fingaz instead?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    shoot...not should...

    by lynxpro

    typos be damned.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    300 looks amazing but..

    by davidlyons

    "never give up, never surrender" who was hercules really a thermian or a member of the galaxy quest crew.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST

    He's a fucking band boy

    by johnnykool

    And the new 300 trailer is out at SHH!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by davidlyons

    greatest line EVER.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Never give up, never surrender

    by Doggus47

    Didn't Gunn say that in Angel when they were locked in that cell when Jasmine took over?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Tonight's My Name Is Earl Was Quite Funny

    by tonagan


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Keira knightly?


    or just another undercrumble and fitch model?.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    The Rural Juror

    by tonagan

    "I am a stabbing robot."

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    To cute

    by weebay

    Well as one of the few "admittedly" gay men on this board I'd have to say I fuck Thomas but I prefer he didn't wear a dress. It's to bad Zach won't be coming out as gay on Heroes though. Oh, and why the hell do we need a Terminator tv show anyway?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Thomas dances on youtbue

    by weebay In the zone.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by ElPaw

    He looks nothing like zach, zach looks so much fitter

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Cyberdyne Systems Terminator model rated T for . . .

    by kabong

    TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN. . . It's going to be good (sarcasm) watching HKs roll through high school.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Pretty white people with problems

    by Orionsangels

    Are there any real people on TV?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by tbransonlives

    I'll out myself as a leguizamo fan. Some day he will win an oscar.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST

    He looks like Sandra Bullock

    by Mgmax

    That is all.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    That Chick Is Hot!!

    by The Ender

    I dont get how they are making John Connor a Female but that's cool...

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by veritasses

    That's the kind of photo you shred, burn and bury and hope to God that no one saw it.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    why don't they just send their whole shit through time

    by Exeter

    hunterkiller tanks, flyers, the works and just OWN allof time? whys stop at terminators.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    A John Connor who wear's lipstick...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...,plucks his eyebrows, and blow-wave's his fucking hair? That's a sure win for the human race I tells ya! Even them Terminators will laugh themselves to death! Pretty-boy-band-gay-dude does not a good action-hero make...

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by Zino

    Did you see the films? Only living matter will transport through time (I don't know why - I didn't build the fucking thing). However now that you mention it, if they can cheat the system simply by covering a terminator in living tissue, why not do that with the weapons, tanks etc? Sounds like a good idea to me.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I see no picture...

    by spacechampion

    What's going on with AICN? I see no picture...

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Now I see it... and he looks totally gay

    by spacechampion

    Apparently one has to be logged on to see images?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    He is one cute chick.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Put a dress on him and give me a few minutes to get drunk.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by ScarranHalfBreed

    It's buggered. And I'm actually looking forward to this. If it turns out to be Young Indiana Jones, I'll cry blood bogeys.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Good looking = gay...

    by ScarranHalfBreed


  • Dec. 8, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Is that the drummer from Hanson?

    by Mel Garga

    Flashback to the flash forward that showed a scarred and relatively ugly ass mofo portraying the future John Connor and tell me this is good casting. By the way, asshat, nice head shot. Did they use a fan to get that hair effect or did your agent goo on your head?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Now HEROES makes sense!!!!!!

    by flanaganagain

    Everyone was so pissed this guy had his memory wiped. Now we know why! Just like "eden" HAD to kill herself caus eof another acting gig so goes this guy. Did anyone see Claire the Cheerleader on VH1 Awards last night with Tommy Lee? He was all over her. I guess she has an "album" comming out soon. She's a singer I guess. Hopefully not a rapper!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Clea DuVall is now a Terminator-Heroes link

    by Drath

    She played with T3 John Connor (Nick Stahl) in Carnivale, and she's also in Heroes which co-stars this new John Connor. This may be nuts but can they get Clancy Brown to play a Terminator? Kurgan as the Terminator would kick ass, even if he is old now. Kai_Mah'gra, uh, wouldn't John Connor's father Reese also be made of living matter, hence how he travelled back in time when only living matter can time-travel? You must really not have watched the first movie to be questioning all this. Do kids actually not watch that movie now? I might have been a child of the 80s, but of course I watched Planet of the Apes and 2001 and Soylent Green etc.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    does Clea Duvall have a following?

    by lynxpro

    She's never really knocked me out, but I guess she has fans...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    savagexp: "Funny fucker" kid

    by FlipPA

    The funny fucker kid (who also played a part on Babylon 5 as the kid who joins the Psi Corps in the Psi Corps PSA) is listed here: and is named John Christian Graas. He hasn't worked since 1996.