26 years later: Linda Hamilton to return to the ‘Terminator’ franchise as Sarah Connor

After 26 years, Linda Hamilton is set to return to the role that made her a household name, Sarah Connor.

The Terminator franchise has had a somewhat rocky road as of late. Numerous sequels and attempted reboots just didn’t seem to cut it when compared with James Cameron’s original first two. You can’t blame Hollywood for trying, there’s definitely money to be made from the sci-fi franchise, but its success relies heavily on recreating what made the first two films box office hits.

Finally, James Cameron is returning to the franchise with a plan to relaunch it with a direct sequel 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It was a given that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be returning to the role that made him an icon, but now news has hit the Internet that Linda Hamilton would be also reprising her role from the first two films.

This would be the first time in 26 years that all three have worked on a film in the franchise together, and I’ll be honest, I’m damn excited for this!

Rumour has it, the currently untitled film will be a direct sequel to Judgement Day, ignoring all subsequent non-Cameron entries, and will supposedly kick off an entire new trilogy of films. While we’ve seen two failed attempts at new trilogies, having Cameron return to the franchise, we might finally get the Terminator sequel we’ve been waiting two decades for.

During the Terminator announcement, Cameron went on to explain the cultural importance of not only having Sarah Connor returning to the series but also, in particular, having an older incarnation.
“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, “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

The film is also rumoured to transition the franchise from both Hamilton and Schwarzenegger to a younger cast. With a writing room that includes The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman, Dark Angel co-creator Charles Eglee, TV and film writer David S. Goyer, this film will be one hell of a ride.

This could very well be The Force Awakens of The Terminator franchise!

Now they just need to get Edward Furlong back!

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Author: Chad St James

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