Science fiction is always been a tried and true genre in filmmaking, with an ability to enthrall and fascinate audiences. Chief among the biggest sci-fi franchise are the Terminator movies, starring a hulking Arnold Schwarzenegger as the robotic title character. Schwarzenegger has lead almost every film in the long running property, and will once again reprise his role for the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie.
Dark Fate will reunite Arnold Schwarzenegger with James Cameron and OG Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton. The generations of Terminator fans are eager for any and all information regarding the highly anticipated sequel, and now we've got a glimpse at Arnold as The Terminator. And it looks awesome.
Does anyone else have chills? While we've seen Linda Hamilton looking like a certifiable badass as Sarah Connor, this is the best look we've gotten at Arnold Schwarzenegger's return as T-800.
This exciting image comes to us directly from the studio, as details are finally being revealed regarding Terminator: Dark Fate's contents. The movie is a direct sequel to Terminator 2, arguably the best installment in the beloved franchise. While the story is a complete mystery to the public, there's been a strong cast assembled. Sarah Connor was shown with some female companions during the sci-fi adventure, and John Connor will be another character (although not played by Edward Furlong). There's also a new Terminator debuting, played by Gabriel Luna.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking like a robotic badass in this image, including a few flesh wounds which expose his silver metallic skull. The Terminator movies always feature the title character taking some punishment, with his mechanical body damaged and his fake skin falling off. This Dark Fate image only teases this transformation, as T-800 looks to be in good shape (albeit aged a bit).
There's also a new image of Linda Hamilton's return as Sarah Connor in Dark Fate, and it's enough to get most self-respecting Terminator fans giddy with anticipation. Check it out.
Seriously, how cool is this? Linda Hamilton brought ferocity to this character, and soon moviegoers will get to see how the past few decades have crystallized the survivor. Sarah Connor is shown wearing body armor and packing some heat, as well as her signature sunglasses. She's also rocking a decidedly short haircut, and is rocking natural grey locks.
Smart money says Terminator: Dark Fate puts a ton of focus on Linda Hamilton's signature character. While Sarah Connor has had new life in a short lived TV show and Terminator: Genisys, the upcoming sequel will mark Hamilton's first time reprising her role since Terminator 2. She played Sarah with grit and hardness in that sequel, and smart money says that time hasn't been kind to the franchise favorite.
The Halloween franchise did a similar move last year, retconning the myriad sequels and doing a direct follow-up to the original classic. It gave the chance for franchise star Jamie Lee Curtis to shine as her signature character, and might even continue with another sequel. Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor is another beloved character in cinema, so fans are eager to see her reunite with Arnold Schwarzenegger and cause some explosions.
Sarah Connor and T-800 are going to be facing off against a variety of enemies, although the most notable is the new version of The Terminator. This mysterious villain will be played by Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and will presumably go head to head with Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature character. It should be interesting to see what capabilities Luna's version has, as each new model has different abilities. The villain in Terminator 2 was virtually invulnerable due to being able to liquify, while the villain in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines could shape shift.
Gabriel Luna has dipped his toes in the sci-fi world before, and Terminator fans are eager to see what he does as a robotic character himself. Action movies are often only as good as their villains, so the pressure is on to deliver.
Another newcomer to the Terminator franchise is Mackenzie Davis, who playing the mysterious new character Grace. Not much as been reveled about Grace, but she's been described as a super-soldier. She looks like a total badass in the above image, wearing body armor and using a heavy chain as a weapon. Super soldier sounds about right, honestly.
Mackenzie Davis' appearance as Grace accompanied the first look at Linda Hamilton's Sarah Conor in Terminator: Dark Fate. It's good to see that Sarah won't be a loner in this new installment, and has friends that are neither her children or Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator. Although Grace is looking so capable that I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up being a robot, too.
There's also a pair of siblings involved in the plot of Terminator: Dark Fate. Natalie Reyes will play young Dani Ramos, as actor Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) plays her brother Miguel. It's unclear how these two will function within the story of Dark Fate, although Dani was featured alongside Sarah and Grace in the first look at the movie. The brand new stills include a shot of Boneta as Miguel-- the first glimpse of that new character.
Miguel is seen behind the wheel in this Terminator: Dark Fate still, and he doesn't appear to be having a particularly good day. He's got a grimace that suits the beloved sci-fi franchise well, as the stake are usually extremely high. The heroes typically try to prevent an apocalypse at the hands of robots, so there isn't a ton of levity. But Dani Ramos will likely bring the naivety and childlike energy to Dark Fate, similar to how John Connor functioned in Terminator 2.
Speaking of John, it's unclear if an adult version of Sarah's son will be in the movie. While the character was confirmed for Dark Fate, it may just be through flashbacks. A child actor was brought on to play John's body, while Edward Furlong's 1991 appearance will be digitally added to his face. Did Sarah lose her son, who was meant to rise up and save humanity? Let's hope not.
Terminator: Dark Fate will arrive in theaters on November 1, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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