The leads have been cast in the new Terminator film on the way from Deadpool director Tim Miller, with James Cameron on board as producer.
The new film will, smartly, be ignoring Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and 2015’s Terminator Genisys, and will instead be a follow-up to Cameron’s hit ’91 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
As per THR, our new heroine is Dani, “a young woman from a working class neighborhood in Mexico City who finds herself in the battle between humans and machines.” Set to star in the role is Colombian actress Natalia Reyes, whose credits include Spanish-language series Cumbia Ninja and Lady, the Seller of Roses, and who is said to have nabbed the role due to her performance in upcoming Colombian picture Birds of Passage, which will be premiering at Cannes.
“DREAMS COME TRUE!” Reyes, who landed the role after a wide search for a Latina actress, exclaimed on social media. “You can’t imagine how these days have been, to be able to shout THANK YOU today and to tell you all this news is a joy. This is the result of dreaming big, working hard, not going over anyone, believing in the universal conspirator, having people around who believe in you and of course tons of luck.”
Set to play a new Terminator robot is Gabriel Luna, who may be best known for playing Ghost Rider, aka Robbie Reyes, in ABC’s Marvel series Agents of SHIELD. Luna’s credits include leading the Robert Rodriguez exec-produced series Matador and starring in the under-seen border thriller Three West (aka Transpecos).
Blade Runner 2049 actress Mackenzie Davis is playing a soldier-assassin from the future, Scream Queens actor Diego Boneto is playing Dani’s brother, and yes, Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back. Now, before you got too excited that the film will have Hamilton and Schwarzenegger reprising their roles as Sarah Connor and the T-800 respectively, it’s important to note that THR’s sources claim “that their parts are relatively brief.”
The still-untitled new Terminator film, the sixth in the franchise, is expected to start filming in May with a US release scheduled for November 22, 2019. The plan is to craft a new trilogy if this film is successful.