New 'Terminator' Trilogy Brings Back Linda Hamilton And Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, if you were hoping James Cameron's Terminator reboot/sequel would go boldly, completely in a fresh new direction...well, maybe later for that. It was revealed at a private event yesterday that Linda Hamilton, who last played Sarah Connor twenty-five years ago in Terminator 2, will return to the franchise, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger will be joining her. Officially.

Deadpool director Tim Miller is at the first movie's helm, with a writer's room assembled to help plot out the rest of the proposed trilogy. The plan is to pass the torch to a new character, a young woman, who can battle Skynet in the future. Sounds a lot like Terminator Genisys, doesn't it? The writer's room consists of David Goyer (Blade) Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Justin Rhodes. That's a lot of TV people involved, and I suspect if the first movie succeeds there will be an attempt to branch out to the small screen. Again, that's what they wanted to do with 'Genisys'.

Here's Cameron's statement, captured by THR...

“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.”

I personally find very little exciting about this, but that could change depending on who is cast as the new female lead. And there's some curiosity to see how Hamilton fits in this time. I still remember my jaw dropping at how ripped and shredded she was in Terminator 2. Not only had she transformed Sarah Connor from an innocent victim into a complete badass, but she was changing the way we looked at female action heroes. It was always a shame we didn't see more of her in similar roles.