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Director Justin Lin Debunks Terminator 5 Original Cast Rumor

Though he's made this rather sad shift in body shape, the idea of having Arnold Schwarzenegger back for another Terminator movie is pretty exciting. If they're going to shove another sequel down our throats, might as well have the original star doing the shoving, right? That idea was even more exciting when a report came out last week that not only would Schwarzenegger be returning, but also the entire original cast, including Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn. Sadly, it looks like the rumor isn't true.

MTV spoke with Justin Lin, who is set to direct Terminator 5 and he has shut down the "original cast" rumor with the exception of Schwarzenegger. According to the director, developing concepts like "Hey, let's bring everybody back!" isn't the way that he works and everything "has just been between [himself] and Arnold." He did say that his plan is to bring the sequel back to its roots, and "loser tonally to the first and second movies." Furthermore, it seems as though he might be disregarding canon from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.

"I always feel like what's great about the Terminator franchise is that there's time-travel and there are different timelines to play with. There are also a lot of gaps from what we love about all of the Terminator movies, so there's a lot of things we can do and play with. To me, all of that, I don't really want to discuss it now. That's part of the fun of developing. But the bigger questions for me are always the characters and the themes. You want to start there. But obviously, answering your question, [Terminator] does have that capability, finding fresh ways of going back without destroying other [movies], because you can tell your own stories."

While I will still find it a challenge to be even slightly excited about another Terminator movie, I will admit that Lin is saying all of the things I want to hear. It's been 20 years since the last good Terminator movie was made, so bringing the series back to its roots is the really the only move. Meanwhile, I am going to wait until he changes his mind and decides that bringing Hamilton and Biehn back is a good idea.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.