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Linda Hamilton to return to Terminator franchise with James Cameron

Story by Jack Foley

A SIXTH Terminator film is in the works, which will reunite the original team of writer-director James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Hamilton’s return was announced by Cameron at a private event celebrating the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress will reprise her iconic role as Sarah Connor in the as-yet-untitled sixth instalment of the series, which is said to be a direct sequel to 1991’s classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Deadpool’s Tim Miller will direct, with Cameron overseeing the film as a producer and screenwriter.

The new film is being envisaged as part of a new trilogy. But while the returning duo of Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will play a key part, they will not be the central figures.

Indeed, Cameron said that he is currently searching for “an 18-something woman to be the centrepiece of the new story”.

“We will have characters from the future and the present,” he continued. “There will be mostly new characters but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”

Cameron said that he hoped Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor would send out a message about the lack of older female actors in action films.

“There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys,” he said, “but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

In a further statement concerning Hamilton’s return, Cameron added: “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.”

Hamilton, who was briefly married to Cameron in the late 90s, has not appeared in the Terminator franchise since T2, although she did provide a voiceover for the fourth film in the series, Terminator: Salvation.

However, in her absence the franchise has struggled to make as much of a lasting impression with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys meeting with a lukewarm critical response to the say the least and diminishing returns at the box office.

As yet, plot details are being kept firmly under wraps and there is no release date.

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