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TERMINATOR 6: Linda Hamilton Returns as Sarah Connor to the Scifi Film Franchise

Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Linda Hamilton Cast in Terminator 6

Linda Hamilton has been cast as Sarah Connor in the sixth Terminator film. Linda Hamilton will reprise her role as Sarah Conner from The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Terminator Salvation (just her voice was used).

When Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was being created, I remember reading that Linda Hamilton turned down being in the film because James Cameron was not behind the camera or the script, breathing life into the project. Sarah Connor’s role was then re-written in Catherine Brewster and the rest was history. With how Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines turned out script-wise, Linda Hamilton’s assessment of the situation for prophetic.

With Cameron not being behind the camera or the script of Terminator 6, one can only wonder what attracted Linda Hamilton to the Sarah Connor role once more.

James Cameron announced the return of Linda Hamilton to the Terminator franchise at the 3D screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day at the studio lot of Paramount Pictures:

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…There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys but there isn’t an example of that for women.

Linda Hamilton will be that example in the new Terminator film.

Linda Hamilton will not be the only centerpiece female role in the film. There will another as well:

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.

That is an interesting idea but even if they got Alexandra DaddarioAlicia Vikander, or Hailee Steinfeld to play that 18-something woman (the age requirement would probably be changed per interest in the role), it all comes down to the script.

Linda Hamilton being apart of Terminator 6, even alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger (he is confirmed for the new film as well), will only make the advertising campaign for the film better. It won’t necessarily make the film better. Only the script for the film can do that, its plot, and the director (Tim Miller).

Linda Hamilton, her transformation between the two films (The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and her journey where the backbone of both films, their emotional center. If that is re-established and built upon in Terminator 6, it may avoid the fate of Terminator Genisys.

And then there is Terminator 6‘s rating?

Another PG-13 Terminator film (there is no indication that Terminator 6 will be PG-13) will not work. It hasn’t yet and I don’t see it happening anytime in the future. Why would a person that watched rated-R The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day want to watch a PG-13 Terminator film?

Regardless of the rating, even if new blood is needed in the Terminator franchise, that character needs to appear in the right storyline to shine.

I still remember the impression that John McClane’s daughter, Lucy McClane (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), made in Live Free or Die Hard. I hope the new Terminator centerpiece character (s) are just as memorable.

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