Back in 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton graced the big screen together in the sci-fi/horror film The Terminator. Several years later, they returned in action sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which somehow managed to trounce its predecessor with its quality premise and execution. Since then, the Terminator franchise has been on quite the decline.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was okay, but a bit disappointing, and both Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys were incredible low points for the franchise, and seemed to indicate that it had run its course. Well, not quite yet. The rights are reverting back to James Cameron, and he’s working hard alongside Deadpool director Tim Miller to bring a new film to the franchise that will act as a direct sequel to Terminator 2.
But that’s not all. In addition to bringing back Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron will also be bringing back Linda Hamilton. Speaking at a private event (via THR), Cameron discussed the importance of bringing back Hamilton for the film:
“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. There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
He does have a good point. In the grand pantheon of female actors, the only one kicking ass past age 30 is Charlize Theron in films like Atomic Blonde, and she’s only 42.
Apart from that, however, we can’t help but wonder what this’ll mean for the story going forward. From the sound of it, while Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will be returning, they won’t be the primary focus, as evidenced by Cameron’s next statement.
“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story. We still fold time. 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.”
So it sounds like the Terminator franchise will finally be moving forward from the Sarah Connor/John Connor plotline, and into a direction that follows a brand new female lead, which we’re all for. For too long they’ve relied on this characters, and while yes, they will also be following them in this film, it sounds like they’re at least intending to set the groundwork for brand new characters.
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