Oh. My. God. This is one way to celebrate Women’s Day…
While Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the face behind James Cameron‘s The Terminator franchise, which has spawned several sequels and a television series, the real star is Sarah Connor, who gives birth to mankind’s savior. Several women have donned the role, but none as great as Linda Hamilton, who stole the show in Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Thankfully, Hamilton will be returning to the role in Cameron’s next Terminator, which has enlisted Deadpool‘s Tim Miller to direct. The new film will ignore most of the sequels and instead continue the story following the events in Judgment Day. When Hamilton was confirmed to star, it was revealed that it would be alongside a new strong female character.
“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story,” Cameron noted last year. “We will 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.”
We’ve been waiting on pins and needles to see who this new heroine would be, and now we have an answer. Variety announced this afternoon that Mackenzie Davis is in negotiations to join the cast as “the face of the rebooted franchise”!
Davis is a favorite of Bloody Disgusting. Best known for her role as computer hacker Cameron Howe on AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and Yorkie in “Black Mirror’s” Golden Globe-winning “San Junipero” episode, Davis has also had major roles in the films That Awkward Moment and The Martian. She also most recently appeared in Blade Runner 2049, another reboot of a sci-fi classic, and can be seen next opposite Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman’s Tully and in the Amblin thriller The Turning. She also blew our minds in Sophie Takal’s Always Shine. This is phenomenal casting news!
Update: THR adds that there’s another bit of major casting news on the horizon and that while Davis is the face of the franchise, she’s not who will specifically be taking the baton from Hamilton. Watch this spot.
The Terminator will return on July 26, 2019.