Mackenzie Davis, who’s fresh from her success in Blade Runner 2049 and currently on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, is in talks to join stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in the latest Terminator film.
It will be the first film of the Terminator franchise James Cameron has been involved with since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day with Tim Miller attached to direct the reboot. Skydance will be producing the film. The company previously produced the ill-fated 2015’s Terminator Genisys.
While plot details are scant, Davis will play a soldier-assassin on a mission. A human will be the one that sets up the battle between humanity and machine. Davis’ role won’t be the main focus with producers attempting to find a Latina for the story’s main role according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The role would be the central character for intended new trilogy. The shift may be a bit of a headscratcher since the focus of every Terminator film involved the “savior” of humanity in John Connor. John is the son Sarah (Hamilton) and solder-from-the-future Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) destined to lead humanity to victory over the machines.
John has been played by multiple actors throughout the franchise from Edward Furlong/Michael Edwards in T2, Nick Stahl in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation and Jason Clarke in Genisys. Thomas Dekker played the character in the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on FOX.
While Hamilton did play Sarah the first two films, her character was killed off in T3. While she did make a vocal cameo in Salvation, the character was ultimately recast in Genisys with Emilia Clarke as the heroine. She was the second Game of Thrones actor to be cast in the role after Lena Headey’s run in TSCC. Hamilton will be returning to the role she last played on screen 27 years ago.
Schwarzenegger has been the franchise’s lone consistent star.
Will there be a John Connor in the coming sixth film of the franchise? Will the fans return with Hamilton back despite Cameron still not back at the director’s chair? Will the new film approach anywhere near the intensity, seriousness, heart and emotion of T2?