The Terminator movies are certainly considered one of the best sci-fi movie franchises ever, but the series hit a serious speed bump in 2009. The McG-directed Terminator Salvation cost an incredibly expensive $200 million, and not only failed to open at number one on its opening weekend (losing to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), but only wound up making $125 million domestically. After years of the rights being bounced around between owners, the franchise finally is ready to get going again with Terminator 5, a.k.a. Terminator: Genisys.

Paramount Pictures has dated the next chapter in the series for July 1, 2015, but what can we expect from the movie? Which characters from previous movies are coming back? Who is starring? Read on to find out what we know so far!

Alan Taylor Terminator
The Director
Alan Taylor has spent years working on the small screen, his work on HBO shows like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and Sex and the City providing many of the highlights in his filmography. In 2013, however, Taylor managed to completely change his profile. The director was hired by Marvel Studios to helm their big blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, and apparently the job agreed with him. Terminator: Genesis will be Taylor’s second big budget action movie, and yet another chance to solidify his presence in the feature world.

T-800 Terminator
One might wonder how Arnold Schwarzenegger – at the ripe old age of 66 years old – will be able to play a perfect human-looking robot, but that’s exactly what he’s doing in Terminator: Genesis. With the exception of Terminator Salvation (which had an Arnie CGI creation), the former body builder has been in every film in the franchise, and the next movie will continue that tradition. As for why T-800 looks so much older than he previously has, Schwarzenegger has explained that while the robot underneath is in pristine condition, the human skin he is wrapped in does age. Also, according to recent reports, the Terminator that Schwarzenegger is playing in Genisys might be… the father to Sarah Connor? She even calls him "Pops." This sequel could get weird. The film will also feature a second, younger T-800 who the Austrian star eventually gets reprogramed (presumably repeating the cycle of what happened between Terminator and T2: Judgment Day.

Sarah Connor Terminator
Sarah Connor
While she was one of the main characters on the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Sarah Connor hasn’t actually been featured in a Terminator movie since T2. She will finally be making her way back on to the big screen in Terminator: Genisys, however. Emilia Clarke, who previously worked with director Alan Taylor on Game of Thrones, will be playing the latest version of the ass-kicking heroine, previously portrayed by both Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey. We’re not entirely sure what generation of Sarah we will be seeing, be it the butch badass machine killing one or the "Holy shit, what the hell is going on" one (I’m betting on the former). Plus, look at that scream, in the photo above!

Next up, everything we know about John Connor in Terminator: Genisys...

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