She’s back (had to do it). The Hollywood Reporter reports that “Terminator” star Linda Hamilton will return to the seminal James Cameron franchise for the latest installment of the on-going sci-fi series. The outlet reports that Cameron himself made the surprise announcement at a private event for the franchise, telling attendees, “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.”
Cameron also seems to be hopeful that the return of Hamilton as Sarah Connor — one of his, and the action world’s, best character creations — will bolster a genre still in need of change when it comes equal representation both in front of and behind the camera. He added, “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys [in action films] but there isn’t an example of that for women.” Hamilton turns 61 later this month.
Despite a recent uptick in female-fronted action outings, from the upcoming features “Red Sparrow” and “Proud Mary” to the success of the Charlize Theron-led “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Atomic Blonde,” the action space is still in need of more female heroines, the kind cut from Sarah Connor’s indomitable cloth. Returning not just the character — also played in various iterations on both film and television by such actresses as Emilia Clake and Lena Headey — but the actress that first pioneered the role to the space is excellent news. Beyond all that, Hamilton is still one of modern cinema’s great badasses, and it only seems right that she’ll be the one ushering Sarah Connor into her next chapter.
“Deadpool” director Tim Miller will helm the film, though Cameron is behind the film’s story and will also produce the feature, the first “Terminator” film he’s had his hands in since 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” Per THR, the new film “is based on a story crafted by Cameron. Cameron and Miller created a writers room [which reportedly included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman, and Justin Rhodes] to hammer out what is planned to be a trilogy that can stand as single movies or form an overarching story.”
Of course, Cameron and Hamilton will not be the only original talents to return to the re-re-launched series, as Arnold Schwarzenegger has long been set for the film as well. And while Cameron promised that “Arnold and Linda’s characters…anchor it,” he also shared that this new spin on the hallowed franchise will include at least one more action heroine, as the team is “starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story.”
Moreover, THR reports that “the new movie will also be seen as a passing of the baton to a new generation of characters.” John Connor, are you there? Hello?
The outlet also adds that “Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s ‘Judgment Day,'” which means there are now three entire other films in the franchise that its own creator would prefer fans ignore. Hey, as long as we’ve got the OG Sarah Connor back in the fold.