In the pantheon of badass heroines of the ’80s, whose toughness, resilience and take-no-prisoners coolness changed the game for actresses in Hollywood, Linda Hamilton in the Terminator movies was at the tippy top. Along with the rad Sigourney Weaver, she paved the way for the next generation of female action stars.
And now she’s back for a third go-’round.
After waving hasta la vista, baby, more than 25 years ago, Linda Hamilton is returning to the world of Terminator, reuniting with James Cameron, the creator of the sci-fi franchise, for the new installment being made by Skydance and Paramount. Cameron made the announcement at a private event celebrating the storied franchise, saying, “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.”
With Hamilton’s return, Cameron hopes to once again make a statement on gender roles in action movies. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys,” he said, referring to aging male actors still anchoring movies, “but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
Hamilton starred in the first film, The Terminator, released in 1984 as a low-budget genre play, playing one of the silver screen’s strongest female heroines, Sarah Connor. Connor was a waitress who is being hunted down by an unstoppable killing machine, played by Schwarzenegger, sent from the future. Connor learned that in the future, machines have taken over and that she is the mother of the human resistance leader.