Linda Hamilton and her glorious arms are back. On Tuesday, Paramount released a first look at the women starring in the upcoming Terminator sequel, featuring Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, and Natalia Reyes. Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor in the original franchise and became forever known for her chiseled arms in Terminator 2, is wielding a gun and wearing a souped-up bulletproof vest in the first look. Reyes is taking a mean step forward. Davis, however, is the central focus of the image, playing an assassin named Grace. She’s wearing a white tank top, all the better to show off her character’s curious, geometric white scars and her Hamilton-esque biceps. What a symbolic passing of the torch. She’s the face (and arms) of this franchise now.
Few true details are known about the plot, though it has been revealed that Davis’s character is on a mission to protect a teen girl named Dani Ramos (played by Reyes). Hamilton is reprising her role as Connor in the series. Arnold Schwarzeneggerwill reprise his role as ze Terminator. The cast is rounded out by Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Terminator architect James Cameron said this film is “a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”
He said the decision was, surprisingly, driven more by director Tim Miller than by himself. “I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it,” Cameron admitted. “The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
Miller was also the driving force behind Davis’s decision to join the film (besides, you know, the hallowed Hollywood property-ness of it all).
“I really wanted to work with him,” she said in an interview in April. “Through the audition process and talking to him I just got more excited.”
Though she didn’t reveal too much about Miller’s approach to the treasured material, she promised that the Deadpool director was going to bring “a lot of humor. He wants to ground it.”
The new Terminator, which does not yet have an official title, will be released November 22, 2019.