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Linda Hamilton to Return to ‘The Terminator’ Franchise

Movies have the wonderful ability to bring favorite characters back to life. Even many years later, it was nothing but pure joy when we saw Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) board the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, later joined on screen by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and — spoiler! — Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

Just last week we heard that Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode in a new version of Halloween. Now another actress who first made her mark decades ago is joining the parade of beloved characters flocking back to the big screen.

Linda Hamilton will reprise her role as Sarah Connor in The Terminator franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Cameron will help to produce the next installment, based on his story. Tim Miller (Deadpool) will direct.

As has become popular in recent times for familiar franchises, the producers formed a so-called ‘writers’ room’ to come up with ideas for a trilogy of movies, designed to stand alone “or form an overarching story.” The room included writers David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman and Justin Rhodes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is already set to star again as the titular character. Cameron says: “We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story. 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.”

Hamilton’s Sarah Conner was first seen as a waitress in The Terminator, caught up in a very strange conflict, seemingly beyond her control. Yet she quickly showed her steel and determination, surviving calamitious circumstances. By the time Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived, Conner was a fierce fighting warrior, putting the survival of her son first and again demonstrating absolute resolve and fortitude.

Cameron will regain certain rights to The Terminator in 2019 and it sounds like it’s full speed ahead to get the next movie made. Plans are to pick up the story after events in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). We can’t wait.

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