The Terminator franchise is about to enter a new era... again. Following the critical failure of Terminator Genisys, rather than pick up on lingering plot threads left behind by the 2015 entry, the next Terminator movie will instead serve as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Over the last few weeks, Terminator 6 has been assembling its lineup of new actors, and while Arnold Schwarzenegger is already primed to once again play a T-800, word has come in that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Gabriel Luna will play a different model of robotic assassin.
According to Deadline, Gabriel Luna has been cast in Terminator 6 as the newest cybernetic killer to cause trouble for the protagonists. Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger is unquestionably the person we think of first when recalling the Terminator movies, since the release of Terminator 2, other actors have portrayed these robots that are disguised as humans in order to complete their missions, like Robert Patrick, Kristanna Loken and Sam Worthington.
Gabriel Luna's acting credits include Bernie, Matador, Transpecos and True Detective, but he's arguably best known for playing Robbie Reyes, a.k.a. Ghost Rider, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season 4. Joining Terminator 6 will be his biggest cinematic appearance yet, though if he's anything like the other antagonistic Terminator models, I imagine he won't be much of a chatterbox. With plot details for Terminator 6 still nonexistent, it's unclear what this particular Terminator is trying to accomplish, though you can bet it will result in a lot of humans being killed.
But Gabriel Luna wasn't the only Terminator 6 casting announcement that came in today. It was also announced that Colombian actress Natalia Reyes has joined the movie, and THR reports that she will play the main protagonist, who is a young woman named Dani from a working class neighborhood who finds herself caught in the battle between humans and machines. Luna and Reyes join a cast that, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, consists of Blade Runner 2049's Mackenzie Davis, who is playing a soldier-assassin from the future, and Scream Queens' Diego Boneta, who is reportedly playing Dani's brother. Linda Hamilton is also reprising Sarah Connor nearly 30 years after Terminator 2, though her and Schwarzenegger's roles are said to be "relatively brief." James Cameron, the man who created this sci-fi property, is attached as an executive producer, and Deadpool's Tim Miller is directing.