It was Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s cyborg character in the original Terminator who said, “I’ll be back,” and, now, Linda Hamilton, who starred opposite him, can embrace that signature catchphrase, but with a slight tweak: “I’m back!”
Last night (September 19) at a Hollywood screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D, Tim Miller (Deadpool), who will direct the forthcoming Terminator, and James Cameron, who started it all, were on hand to reveal Hamilton will return as Sarah Connor.
Apparently the two are working on a new trilogy of films, with Cameron regaining the rights to Terminator in 2019.
Cameron talked about bringing Hamilton back into the fold at the event, saying, “As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return.”
He comments on actors aging and how it’s represented in filmmaking: “There are 50-year old, 60-year old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
There may be exceptions to the above — like Dame Helen Mirren starring in The Fate of the Furious as the baddie Magdalene Shaw — but, it’s not necessarily seen all that often.
Schwarzenegger will also be returning, which he talked about at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, confirming, “I will be in the movie.” The two leads, who worked on 1984’s The Terminator and the 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will reunite on-screen close to 30 years later (when filming begins in 2019). The storyline will “fold time,” as seen in the earlier movies, going back and forth between periods.
There will be new faces, too, with Cameron outlining what to expect, saying, “We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”
Since her Terminator days, Hamilton starred in the Beauty and the Beast TV series (1987-1989), and more recently you may have spotted her in series like Chuck (2010-2012) and Defiance (2015).
Right now the forthcoming Terminator reboot is untitled, but the release date is planned for 2019.
Are you excited to see where Sarah Connor lands in 2019?