Arnold Schwarzenegger is headed to San Diego Comic-Con 2019 for a Terminator: Dark Fate panel. The upcoming Terminator film will host its presentation in Hall H and is expected to include appearances by other cast members, in addition to director Tim Miller (Deadpool).
Dark Fate is designed to serve as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day and will ignore the events of the last three entries in the sci-fi franchise (Terminator 3, Salvation, and Genisys). It's also the first Terminator film since Judgment Day that James Cameron has been actively involved in developing, and marks Linda Hamilton's long-awaited return to the role of Sarah Connor. Schwarzenegger and Hamilton will be joined in the movie by Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049) as a cybernetic soldier from the future who travels back to the present to protect a young woman (Natalia Reyes) from what appears to be an upgraded version of the T-1000 (Gabriel Luna)
According to THR, Paramount plans to hold a Dark Fate Hall H panel at SDCC this month on Thursday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m. Schwarzenegger will reportedly be accompanied by Hamilton, Davis, Reyes, Luna, and Miller at the event, as well as their costar Diego Boneta. This won't be Schwarzenegger's first trip to SDCC either; he previously attended the Hall H panel for The Expendables 2 back in 2012.
With studios like Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. skipping Hall H this year, Paramount may try to take advantage of the lighter competition and better promote their own films at the convention. In addition to Dark Fate, the studio is reportedly planning to preview Top Gun: Maverick at the event - and if it does, it will almost certainly happen in Hall H. It's also possible that upcoming Paramount movies like Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Ang Lee's Gemini Man (both of which open later this year) will have a significant presence at SDCC. The studio could even be planning a surprise or two, like a first look at A Quiet Place 2 (though that might be a long shot).
Dark Fate especially would benefit from a strong showing at SDCC. The film has managed to generate some buzz thanks to its CinemaCon panel in April and the teaser trailer dropping in May, but it still has a ways to go to winning Terminator fans over after three lackluster sequels. It's probably too soon for a new trailer to arrive just yet, but Dark Fate's Hall H panel will undoubtedly offer some never-before-seen footage for those in attendance. A good showing there, coupled with Hamilton and Cameron's involvement, will help to convince more people that Dark Fate really is the Terminator franchise's long-awaited return to form as promised.
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019