After the…existence of Terminator: Genisys, Paramount has been scrambling to bring the classic franchise back to its former heights. Their big act of course correction has been to return creator James Cameron to the helm. With Arnie still attached, a Cameron writing, and Deadpool director Tim Miller behind the camera, the film was already a good prospect. But now a final piece of the puzzle has fallen in. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Terminator and T2: Judgement Day star Linda Hamilton will be returning to the series. Cameron hopes that her casting will make a statement on gender roles, as it did in the 80s. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys,” he said, referring to aging male actors still anchoring movies, “but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
In her iconic role as Sarah Connor, Hamilton helped redefine what a woman could be in a Sci-Fi film. She was especially prominent in the second film, where her ripped physique, gunplay, and general badassness made her as central to the action as Arnie. Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, along with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, have inspired a generation of tough as nails heroines in film and television.
It’s been over 25 years since Hamilton was in a Terminator film. She was not in T3: Rise of the Machines and made only a voice-over appearance in 2009’s brooding punchfest Terminator: Salvation. But she’s stayed busy, gaining acclaim for her starring role in 1987 television series Beauty and the Beast, horror film Children of the Corn, and her recurring role as CIA Agent Mary Elizabeth Bartowski in Chuck.
The upcoming film has no title or release date yet, but it will be a direct sequel to Judgement Day. Cameron’s story will be hammered out by a writers room of Terminator alumni as well as David Goyer, the most hit-or-miss writer in Hollywood.