Terminator first look: Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor is back
Mark Daniell
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August 1, 2018
August 1, 2018 1:32 PM EDT
Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos, Mackenzie Davis as Grace and Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the first image from the untitled, in-production sequel to James Cameron’s original Terminator films. (Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures)
Last fall they promised us she’d be back. And now, we’re getting our first look at Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor — who is back and looking more shredded than ever before.
The actress played the robot-killing badass in 1984’s Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but hasn’t appeared in any of the subsequent instalments or the short-lived TV show.
Also appearing in the new photo with Hamilton are franchise newcomers Natalia Reyes (Cumbia Ninja) and Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049, Halt and Catch Fire).
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to star for a sixth time as the T-800 terminator, but we haven’t gotten a look at him in character yet.
The Terminator franchise was thought to be, er, terminated after the poor box office performance of 2015’s Terminator: Genisys. But James Cameron (who directed the original and its sequel) was persuaded to return to the series to help reboot it for a new generation.
Cameron will produce with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing.
“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2,” Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter last year. “And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”
Cameron said that while Schwarzenegger’s return was a given, he wasn’t sure Hamilton (who he was married to from 1997 to 1999) would be up for coming back.
“I called her up, and I said: ‘Look, we could rest on our laurels. It’s ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here’s what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it’s done.’ Because in my mind, it hasn’t been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in ’91.”
The untitled Terminator film, which will be released on Nov. 22, 2019, is being envisioned as the first in a new trilogy that will see Schwarzenegger, 71, and Hamilton, 61, passing the baton to a new female lead.
“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron told THR. “We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it. Somewhere across there, and I won’t say where, the baton gets passed, so to speak.”
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