‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ introduces some formidable new Terminators, played by Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna, but for old school fans, the sequel’s real appeal is seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton back in action, side-by-side for the first time since 1991’s ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’.
As director Tim Miller states:
“For me, it was never the story of John Connor, it was always the story of Sarah Connor, and nobody could play that character like Linda could. So if Linda would ever come back to check on her again, that would be the best of all possible worlds. And that is, of course, what happened.”
“[Linda]’s always fun to work with and she’s just as intense now as she was when we did Terminator 2. She’s very adamant about the way she handles the weapons, the action, and all that. She’s a very strong woman and I think that one thing that always comes up is that, in all of these movies, the women are always kind of the leaders and they have the strong upper hand and are very heroic. [James] Cameron writes that very well. Feminine but also hard, it’s a great combination.”
Check out these new still images from ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ that show both Hamilton and Schwarzenegger back in action:
Speaking to Den of Geek (via email), Hamilton said:
“The fact that so many years have passed for the character of Sarah Connor intrigued me. Certainly, events have marked her. I wanted to explore that… who is she NOW?
“The first two films had such a complete arc for the character, and I only wanted to participate in this project if there was something new and challenging to play. She is a wild thing still, but her mission has changed. The years have not treated her kindly. She is bitter, near-broken, and very much alone.”
Schwarzenegger, Hamilton, Luna and Davis are expected to be present for one of the kick-off events at San Diego Comic-Con this year, with a panel on Thursday morning. The ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ panel will be held in Hall H on Thursday, July 18, from 11 am – 12 pm.
‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ opens in theaters on November 1.