linda hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, and Natalia Reyes in new Terminator promo photo

Our First Look at the New Terminator Gives Us the Glorious Return of Linda Hamilton

We missed you, Sarah Connor.
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The first look at the latest installment of the Terminator franchise features three badass ladies ready to take on Skynet, including Linda Hamilton, reprising her role as the iconic Sarah Connor. Hamilton, armed to the teeth and rocking some aviators, is flanked by Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage).

Arnold Schwarzenegger will also reprise his role as the T-800, but honestly, we’re all here for Hamilton’s return, yeah? This marks Hamilton’s first onscreen appearance as Sarah Connor since 1992’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. She had a brief voice-over in the fourth film, Terminator: Salvation, but the less said about that mess, the better. Honestly, the best thing to come out of Salvation was Christian Bale’s historic mantrum. (Good for you!)

While Hamilton hasn’t played the role in over 20 years, the Sarah Connor mantle was previously taken up by a pre-Game of Thrones Lena Headey in the underrated Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which FOX canceled after two seasons. Emilia Clarke, another Game of Thrones alum, played young Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys. While the film was planned to be the first in a series of prequels, bad reviews and weak box office performance saw the sequels shelved. Unpopular opinion time: I actually liked Genisys. The special effects were great, and I like Khaleesi, don’t @ me.

The new Terminator also features the return of James Cameron, who joins the film as a producer. Having the franchise’s original creator on board can only be a good thing (Cameron hasn’t been involved since Judgement Day) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) is directing, so I have high hopes for the new film. All we know so far is that Natalia Reyes plays Dani Ramos, a mechanic at Arius Motors (at least according to her shirt, and Mackenzie Davis plays Grace who, judging by the scars on her body, looks to be some sort of cyborg.

Here’s hoping that Linda Hamilton finally gets a sequel worthy of her talents. What do you think of the first look? Are you as excited as I am for Hamilton’s return?

(via, image: Paramount Pictures)

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