– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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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.

What do you think of Hamilton returning to the Terminator franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • claudiomario

    Best news

  • Kronx

    There have been a few older women kicking ass here and there. Definitely not many though. Here are the ones I can think of with ages ( might be off a year on some).

    Sigourney Weaver was 67 in The Defenders, 47 in Alien Resurrection.
    Helen Mirren was 65 in Red.
    Michelle Yeoh is 55.
    Tilda Swinton was 55 in Dr. Strange
    Ming-Na Wen is 53 and does a lot of her own fighting and stunt work on Agents of SHIELD.
    Connie Nielsen was 51 in Wonder Woman.
    Robin Wright was 50 in Wonder Woman.
    Cate Blanchett is 48 in Thor Ragnarok.
    Lucy Liu was 43 in Man with the Iron Fists.
    Milla Jovovich was 40 in Resident Evil whatever.

    • TheOct8pus

      Resident Evil Whatever was the best one….

      • Kronx

        Whatever was a nice wrap-up, but Resident Evil: And So Forth had that amazing gothic imagery, and Resident Evil: Yada Yada Yada had better dialogue. Still not over the let down of Resident Evil: Blah Blah Blah or the crude gross out horror of Resident Evil: Ad Nauseam.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Kate Beckinsdale was 44 in the last Underworld.

      • Moby85

        And still hot despite all the death sticks she smokes.

  • TheOct8pus

    Whaaat?? Eeeew…..

  • CoolHandJuke

    either as a force ghost or lezzing with Emilia Clarke, i’d be game…

    • Kindofabigdeal

      That’s just masturbation.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Wow I do not rank them in that order at all.
    T2 = Terminator (I can’t rank one over the other; memories)
    Sara Connor Chronicles
    Terminator Salvation
    Terminator Genisys
    Terminator 3 (talk to the hand, need I say more)

  • Moby85

    This is great news and also unexpected. The thought of Hamilton returning didn’t cross my mind. But yeah, I can see her getting ripped and kicking some ass and it’ll be cool. Her transformation from T1 to T2 was crazy. T2 still suffers from Michael Biehn’s cut dream sequence.

  • Victor Roa

    this franchise feels like musical chairs as they try to figure out how to dig themselves out of it…… maybe Cameron’s quality control….. maybe, maybe, maybe maybe we will get Point Break quality? Maybe.

  • Behemothrex

    Now we need Bruce Campbell and this can be a Bubba-Ho-Tep/Terminator nursing home cross over.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.