Before a fan screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D in Hollywood this evening, new Terminator director Tim Miller and series creator/producer James Cameron revealed that Terminator 2 star Linda Hamilton will return to the franchise as Sarah Connor.
Cameron confirmed Hamilton's return at a private event celebrating the beloved franchise.
So far, there's been mixed reactions to the idea of further Terminator movies, but it's important to note that the upcoming sixth outing for the franchise will mark the first involvement of original creator James Cameron since the 1991 release of his classic Terminator sequel. David Goyer of Blade and Christopher Nolan's Batman series notoriety, Dark Angels co-creator Charles Eglee, and Terminator television spinoff creator Josh Friedman were all a part of that room.
In an exclusive report, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Hamilton is set to return for a new Terminator movie.
Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger Are Returning for the New Terminator Film
"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".
The film doesn't have a title yet, but is meant to kick off a new trilogy.
Both Hamilton and Cameron, who were married to each other in the later 1990s, sat out the installments that followed in 2003, 2009, and 2015.
"We're starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story", Cameron said. Look for much more news on the new Terminator in the months to come. We will have characters from the future and the present. Of course, Paramount and Skydance tried to launch a new Terminator trilogy with Terminator: Genisys, but this is the first time Cameron has been directly involved in a new Terminator movie since Judgment Day, so this is a big deal. Hamilton reprised the role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a decidedly more battle-hardened version of Connor who found herself allied with a different version of Schwarzenegger's muscle-bound robot in an effort to protect her young son from new threats from the future.