Linda Hamilton Returns to 'Terminator' Franchise

She'll return alongside James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton Returns to 'Terminator' Franchise
After bidding the Terminator world "hasta la vista" following the release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Linda Hamilton will now return to the franchise alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and creator James Cameron.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Cameron made the announcement at a private event, saying, "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return."

The filmmaker added that there are "50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys" in action films, but said there "isn't an example of that for women."

Deadpool director Tim Miller will direct the forthcoming film, while Cameron will produce alongside Skydance. The film will be treated as a direct sequel to 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day, though a host of new characters will also be introduced.

"We're starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story," Cameron said. "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."

Paramount Pictures will handle distribution for the sequel.