Everything you need to know about the Terminator 2 reunion film
More than 25 years ago, Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor lowered Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator into molten steel. Terminator 2: Judgment Day ended on a hopeful note, suggesting that if a machine "can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too."
But that's the last we see of Hamilton's Sarah Connor, one of the most ground-breaking and beloved heroes in film history (and who would later be played by two Game of Thrones stars: Lena Heady in the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys).
Twelve years later, when the Terminator franchise returned with Rise of the Machines, Sarah Connor is dead. James Cameron, who had created and directed T1 and T2, also left the franchise. But, they'll both reunite with Schwarzenegger in the upcoming Terminator movie, Cameron has confirmed. Here's everything we know so far.
Who will be in it?
The upcoming Terminator movie will mark the Hamilton's return to the franchise for the first time since 1991. "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," Cameron said in an announcement. "There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
She'll be joined by Schwarzenegger, who has starred in every Terminator movie except for 2009's Salvation, which used a CGI likeness of his face. This instalment will also introduce a cast of new characters, according to Cameron.
"We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centrepiece of the new story," Cameron said. "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."
How will it fit with the other movies?
This film will be a direct sequel to 1991's Terminator 2, according to Cameron—meaning it will take place before the events of Terminator 3, around the same time as the short-lived TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles. So if you missed Rise of the Machines, Salvation, or Genisys (which took place along a different timeline, anyway) you won't be out of the loop.
Who's directing the new Terminator?
It's not Cameron, who's just producing and writing the movie. But the good news is this one will be directed by Tim Miller, who made the critically acclaimed Deadpool. They've also brought in writers from Sarah Connor Chronicles and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
When will it come out?
Right now, the rumored release date is sometime in 2019. Also, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it might not just be one movie, as Cameron "created a writers room to hammer out what is planned to be a trilogy that can stand as single movies or form an overarching story."