As unlikely as it seemed after the lukewarm reception of 2015’s Terminator Genysis, we are actually getting another Terminator movie, with Arnold in it, no less. But for the first time since 1991, Linda Hamilton is stepping back into Sarah Connor’s combat boots.
We don’t know a whole lot about the actual plot of Terminator: Dark Fate, but word is that the sixth movie in the franchise will actually serve as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, retconning all other sequels. Hey, it worked for the Halloween franchise last year with Jamie Lee Curtis returning in the role that made her famous—maybe the same thing can work for Linda Hamilton and the Terminator franchise.
There were rumors that Neil Blomkamp was going to be doing something similar with the Alien franchise, making a direct sequel to 1986’s Aliens with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn returning as aged versions of their characters. If the idea was real, it was ultimately scrapped when Ridley Scott decided to expand the Alien universe with his somewhat underwhelming prequels Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017).
Regardless, director Tim Miller with James Cameron contributing to the story and serving as a producer, have created an entry that disregards the events of all three movies after T2: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009), and Terminator Genysis (2015), as having occurred in a different timeline.
The cast includes, as always, Arnold Schwarzenegger (rumored to be playing the human that the T-800 was modeled on, which is a role he played once before in T3. The scenes ended up on the cutting room floor because, well, they were utterly ridiculous. Arnold plays Sgt. William Candy, a soldier being used to gather data for the T-800’s design—the thing is, they dubbed Arnold voice with an extremely exaggerated old-timey southern accent. It was supposed to be funny, and out of context, it is, but it would have just made this utterly self-referential sequel even worse. Just go here and head to the 1:00 mark](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kayFrIR-Qfw).
Linda Hamilton is returning as Sarah Connor with Machenzie Davis as Grace, as well as Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta.
Terminator: Dark Fate is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 1.
While a trailer hasn’t been released yet (it has now, see the top of this post), from some early publicity stills from Terminator: Dark Fate, we see that Sarah Connor is kitted up, armed with what looks to be a Serbu Super Shorty shotgun, with some extra ammo in loops on what looks to be a large leg-mounted holster for the little scattergun.
If we look closer at Sarah’s plate carrier, we see a couple grenades which could be flashbangs or gas grenades of some kind. We also see the grip of what appears to be a Chiappa Rhino revolver in a minimalist holster mounted on her chest.
Sarah also has what looks like a LAW rocket launcher slung across her back, and one pair of badass aviator sunglasses.
This set photo of Mackenzie Davis, who plays Grace, shows what is almost certainly the grip of a SIG Sauer P226 pistol tucked in the back of her jeans.
This is all we’ve seen of the new Terminator so far, so its hard to form any kind of opinion. It’s no surprise that if Linda Hamilton were to return as Sarah Conner, she’d be badass. This is reportedly going to be the first movie in the series that doesn’t have a plot revolving around Sarah’s son, John, who isn’t even in the cast list.
Sarah Connor has been played by two actresses besides Hamilton: Lena Headey, of Game of Thrones fame, played the heroine in TV’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009) and her GOT co-star Emilia Clarke played Sarah in *Genysis.
When we know more about the guns in this new Terminator, we’ll let you know!! In the meantime, check out the guns from the other Terminator movies here.
UPDATE 5/23/19: The first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate has been released and we get to see a lot more than perhaps we thought we would.
First off, it appears Sarah Connor has an affinity for shotguns. The movie’s first poster showed her brandishing a Serbu shotgun, in the trailer, we get a great shot of Connor firing a number of rounds from what could be a Fostech Origin 12 shotgun with a large drum magazine. I could be wrong about that, because we only see it for a flash.
It looks like a Fostech to me anyway.
It seems to have a pretty strong effect on the terminator model we’re introduced to. It looks like they took the Terminatrix concept from Terminator 3, having a mental endoskeleton encased in a liquid metal body—kind of like a melding of the T-800 and T-1000. However, it seems this model has enough liquid metal to form an entire separate body from the endoskeleton, which it can also operate independently. So there’s basically two of them that can attack you as a T-800 endoskeleton and a T-1000. That’s actually kind of creepy. And his liquid metal is black instead of the silver color of the T-1000 and Terminatrix.
However, the 12 gauge is not enough, and Sarah brings out a bigger gun that we also saw on the poster.
Presumably after dropping the shotgun, she unslings the LAW rocket launcher we saw her wearing in photos and on the poster, shoulders it, and scores a direct hit on a running Terminator endoskeleton.
I’m a little worried from what we’ve seen that the movie, specifically the action will be too CG-focused, but it looked pretty good overall. I’m more excited for this SIXTH Terminator movie than I was before the trailer anyway.
With the woman who is actually more of a human cyborg than a Terminator (Terminator: Salvation), the Terminatrix-like T-1000 (T3), and the same idea of Skynet killing a woman and her child in the past (T2), and old-mad Arnold (Genysis) it does seem the filmmakers, including executive producer James Cameron, are cherry picking what they want from the sequels that they are retconning. Maybe not the best choice for a series that has become tired at best.