He promised us he’d be back, and even robots sometimes stay true to their word. The Terminator will be returning for another big screen outing, with a release date set for November 22, 2019. This isn’t any old sequel – Terminator 6 will be the first new chapter with significant input from series creator James Cameron since the celebrated Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which came out in 1991.
Anticipation is high for Cameron’s return to the franchise. And while he’s producing rather than directing, there’s a promising talent in the top chair. Deadpool director Tim Miller is calling the shots on the new movie, and working closely with Cameron to craft a new story that lives up to the pedigree of the first two chapters. They’ve got some important people on board, too, such as original stars Linda Hamilton, who returns as Sarah Connor, and the original Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Here’s everything we know about Terminator 6.
Actually, at this point we’re like Sarah Connor at the beginning of the first movie in 1984 – we know very little. Even the film’s broad story details are a mystery. We do know that a writer’s room was assembled to work under the influence of director Tim Miller and producer James Cameron. David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Charles H. Eglee, and Josh Friedman were all part of that collective.
Terminator 6 will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which means it ignores the events of Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys. (That’s similar to the new Halloween movie, which ignores all previous sequels.) Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter:
“This 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.”
Cameron has also spoken of his desire to create a Terminator movie to represent the 21st Century, and this is what he hopes to accomplish with the upcoming sequel. Terminator 6 will be the beginning of a new trilogy, in which Linda Hamilton’s character will pass the torch to a young new lead.
Terminator 6 boasts an impressive cast. While there is much uncertainty surrounding their characters, let’s take a look at the actors in the film.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator, or as a Terminator, at least. Schwarzenegger only began shooting on the film recently, and as with many other elements of the film little is known about his precise role. We know that his character will be another T-800 – the relentless robot model from the first two movies – and Cameron has suggested that we’ll see the effect of aging on the robot.
- Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, who, as far as this film is concerned, was last seen seemingly destroying Skynet and preventing a robot uprising. The character was subsequently killed off in Terminator 3, then reappeared in Genisys, but those story points are of little importance since Cameron and Miller are ignoring these films.
- MacKenzie Davis plays a woman named Grace. Little is known about her role, but a recent promotional shot of the T6 cast featured the actress front and center. Based on Cameron’s comments about wanting a young woman to be at the center of the new Terminator story, it’s likely that Grace will be our new heroine.
- Gabriel Luna is a Terminator. It’s likely that this character will feature heavily, and he might be one of the main characters going forward in this new series.
- Deigo Boneta has been cast in a mysterious new role, and as of yet, we’ve no idea how important his character will be.
- Natalia Reyes plays a character named Dani Ramos.
- Brett Azar will be a reprising his role from Terminator Genisys as the CGI stand-in for a young T-800, which suggests that we’ll be getting some flashback scenes.
- Jude Collie has been cast as a CGI stand-in for John Connor, which suggests that the leader of the resistance won’t be making very many appearances in the film. Perhaps John will feature in flashback sequences. Given the popularity of Terminator 2, it’s likely that the producers will model his look after Edward Furlong’s appearance in that movie.
We’re currently referring to the movie as Terminator 6, but that won’t be the title of the film. Sure, it’s the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise, but given that James Cameron & Co. will be ignoring every outing in the franchise since the second film, it just wouldn’t make any sense to title the upcoming flick as Terminator 6.
So expect to see the announcement of a different name that will signify the beginning of a new chapter for the Terminator franchise – and hopefully the true end of the world-dominating AI network Skynet.
Terminator 6 hits theaters on November 22, 2019.