James Cameron announced at a private event Tuesday night that the original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton, will join Arnold Schwarzenegger for the next chapter in the Skynet saga currently scheduled to premiere in 2019.
We should have sensed then that he was, perhaps, priming the pump for this Hamilton announcement when instead of leaning on Sigourney Weaver’s slightly more well-known Ellen Ripley, Cameron brought up Sarah Connor.
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided,” Cameron told The Guardian.
“There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys,” Cameron said according to The Hollywood Reporter, “But there isn’t an example of that for women.” Wonder Woman stars Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen might beg to differ, but Cameron certainly has a point when it comes to lead roles.
Will Hamilton be the lead? After all that age-positive messaging, Cameron went on to say that Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will pass on the franchise to a new generation of talent.
Though the original team of Schwarzenegger and Hamilton will be back in front of the camera, it will be Deadpool’s Tim Miller, instead of Cameron, directing this time around.
The story belongs to Cameron and there’s no word yet on how much retconning of the previous non-Cameron installments will be involved.