More than 25 years after actress Linda Hamilton bid “hasta la vista” to the Terminator franchise, the Sarah Connor star is now slated to return. Terminator creator James Cameron announced yesterday that Hamilton will reunite with series star Arnold Schwarzenegger for the upcoming sixth film.
Cameron broke the news at an event last night in Hollywood celebrating the Terminator franchise, hailing Hamilton as the female equivalent of aging male action stars who are still performing.
“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,” said Cameron.
Tim Miller, who became a breakout star after directing last year’s Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds, will helm the new Terminator film.
Nonetheless, Cameron is very involved as a producer and helped craft the story — making this the first Terminator film he’s helped create since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
After developing the initial story, Miller and Cameron assembled a television-style writers room to detail a new trilogy of Terminator films, intended to work as both standalone films and as an over-arching story.
That writers room included The Dark Knight screenwriter David Goyer, Dark Angel co-creator Charles Eglee, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles developer Josh Friedman, and Justin Rhodes, who wrote the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie.
Although story details are obviously being kept under wraps, the new film is being treated as a direct sequel to T2 and will ignore the events of the subsequent sequels.
Hamilton appeared with Schwarzenegger in the original Terminator film in 1984 and returned for T2 in 1991. Game of Thrones star Lena Headey took over the role for FOX’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles series. Cameron says they are on the hunt for a young actress to take over the lead in the new Terminator films, with Schwarzenegger and Hamilton on hand to pass the torch.