Linda Hamilton will star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming Terminator sequel, reprising her role as Sarah Connor after a 25-year hiatus, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The as-yet-untitled sixth movie in the Terminator franchise looks to be bringing all the old gang back together. James Cameron—the guy who dreamed up the original idea and directed the only two Terminator movies worth remembering—is also coming back to produce, with Deadpool's Tim Miller directing.
"As meaningful as [Linda Hamilton] 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 said Tuesday at a Terminator event in LA.
"There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys," he said, "but there isn't an example of that for women."
Hamilton has mostly popped in for TV guest roles in the years since Terminator 2: Judgement Day. She had a brief appearance on Weeds and a season-long arc on that forgettable NBC show Chuck, but she's likely been doing chin-ups in her room and carving emo stuff on park benches waiting for the right time to play Sarah Connor again.
Cameron and Miller say that the new movie will be a direct continuation of Terminator 2, hopefully wiping the slate (and the increasingly convoluted timeline) clean so we don't have to think about whatever Terminator: Genisys was or that time Christian Bale played John Connor.
"We're starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story," Cameron said Tuesday. "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."
There's no word yet on when Terminator 6 will go into production, but if all goes according to plan, the film will kickstart a new trilogy of films in the Terminator franchise. Cyberdyne just won't give up, apparently.