Linda Hamilton has signed on to return to the Terminator franchise for a new film alongside her original co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger and writer/director James Cameron. Cameron announced her involvement earlier this week at a private event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"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," said Cameron. "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 new Terminator films are conceived as a trilogy, overseen by Cameron but directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller.
Hamilton played Sarah Conner on four occasions - 1984's Terminator, 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1996's T2 3-D: Battle Across Time attraction at the Universal Studios theme parks, and 2009's Terminator: Salvation.
Cameron goes on to say that while both Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will reprise their roles, he is actively casting a new younger cast as well.
"We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece 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."
No release date has been set for the next Terminator film.