The cast of Terminator: Dark Fate features a mix of familiar faces and new actors. This movie is the sixth film in the Terminator franchise, but serves only as a sequel to first two movies The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, while ignoring the last three sequels.
Directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and written by David S. Goyer (Krypton), Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), and Justin Rhodes (Grassroots), Terminator: Dark Fate takes place in the present day, almost three decades after Terminator 2. It appears Judgment Day - the day the artificial intelligence program Skynet becomes sentient and launches nuclear weapons which kill billions - has been averted but that doesn't mean humanity is safe. Instead, a new generation of Terminator has been sent back in time to kill a young woman, Dani Ramos, who has an important role to play in the war between humans and machines.
The Terminator: Dark Fate cast that's been assembled is a delightful mix of returning cast members as well as some key newcomers. Here is every actor in Terminator: Dark Fate as well as a breakdown of the character they play.
Arnold Schwarzenegger As Carl The T-800
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Carl, a T-800 originally sent back to kill John Connor who, in Terminator: Dark Fate, becomes entangled in protecting Dani Ramos from the Rev 9. Over the years he's been living in the modern, pre-Judgment Day world and changed, eking out a life for himself as his flesh coating visibly ages. Despite this, Carl is still spry enough to take on Rev 9, a much newer and more capable generation of Terminator.
Dark Fate is Schwarzenegger's fifth time playing a Terminator in the franchise (he was digitally recreated in Terminator: Salvation). The action star has been an integral part of the franchise since the very beginning and played a pivotal role in getting James Cameron to return for Dark Fate. This Terminator film is one of the more high-profile films Schwarzenegger has done lately, with roles in indie films like Killing Gunther and Maggie serving as some of his most recent work.
Linda Hamilton As Sarah Connor
Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate, the third time Hamilton has played the role (discounting a voice cameo in Terminator Salvation). In The Terminator, Sarah was introduced as the future mother of revolution leader hunted by robots from the future. In Judgment Day, she had grown into a skilled fighter, locked away for insanity, who comes to trust the T-800 sent back to protect John. In Terminator: Dark Fate, Sarah will team up with Grace to help protect Dani Ramos from Rev 9. This will bring her face-to-face with Carl, forcing her to address demons from her past.
Hamilton may be best known for her role in the Terminator franchise but she has other notable credits on her filmography, many in television. The early years of her career included roles on popular shows like Hill Street Blues and Beauty and the Beast. In recent years, Hamilton has popped up on shows like Weeds, Chuck, and the sci-fi series Defiance.
Edward Furlong As John Connor
Edward Furlong will return as John Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate, his first appearance in the franchise since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. John is the son of Sarah Connor, destined to grow up and become the leader of the Human Resistance against Skynet and all of its sentient machines following the events of Judgment Day.
It's unclear what John's role in Terminator: Dark Fate looks like, especially as Furlong's involvement was only confirmed during the film's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 presentation, but it has been revealed his younger self will be shown in flashbacks. It's likely Furlong's role will be brief.
Furlong's role in Dark Fate is arguably his most high-profile since Judgment Day. Playing John Connor in the second Terminator film launched Furlong's career back in 1991. In the immediate aftermath of the movie, Furlong nabbed roles in films like Before and After co-starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson, Pet Sematary II, and Detroit Rock City. Issues with drug addiction kept Furlong out of the public sphere for years and many films he's made in recent years have been straight-to-DVD fare.
Mackenzie Davis As Grace
In Terminator: Dark Fate, Mackenzie Davis plays Grace, a human-machine soldier and assassin sent from the future to protect Dani Ramos. It's unclear how Grace became a hybrid, but her body appears to be most similar to a T-800, with lifelike human tissue laid over a metal mesh frame inserted in various places. She doesn't seem to feel pain (as seen when she deflects a javelin made of rebar being thrown at her by Rev 9) and she may be able to regenerate. Grace is very strong and is able to hold her own in one-on-one combat with the Rev 9.
Davis is known for previous roles in high-profile TV series Halt and Catch Fire and Black Mirror as well as roles in Blade Runner 2049 and The Martian. After Dark Fate is released, Davis will be seen next in a modern adaptation of Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw called The Turning. The movie also stars Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project).
Natalia Reyes As Dani Ramos
Natalia Reyes is Dani Ramos, a young woman targeted by the Rev 9 Terminator and under the protection of Grace. Her role in Dark Fate is likened to Sarah's - at one point, Sarah tells Grace she is defending Dani "because I was her" - making her some form of new hope for the future resistance.
Reyes' role in Dark Fate will introduce her to a more international audience, but she's been a growing presence in Mexican movies and TV actor over the last decade or so. She has racked up more than 20 credits to date, frequently appearing for long arcs on Spanish-language TV shows like Cumbia Ninja and 2091.
Gabriel Luna as Rev 9
Gabriel Luna plays the Rev 9, a Terminator sent from the future to kill Dani. Rev 9's design incorporates elements of the T-800 and the T-1000: it appears human but its exterior is really made mimetic polyalloy - essentially liquid metal - which makes it nearly indestructible from artillery and gives it the ability to separate from the more standardized skeleton underneath. The Rev 9's arms also turn into blades, making it a real threat in hand-to-hand combat.
Luna's role as Rev 9 is his biggest one to date. He broke out on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he played Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider. Earlier in his career, Luna has had supporting TV roles on shows including Prison Break, NCIS: Los Angeles, and True Detective.
Diego Boneta as Miguel Ramos
Diego Boneta plays Miguel Ramos, Dani's older brother. He's protective of Dani when the Rev 9 appears, jumping into action to help keep her safe. Miguel drive the getaway truck as he, Dani, and Grace evade the Rev 9 in Terminator: Dark Fate's high-speed highway chase.
Boneta has been acting steadily since 2004. He made the transition from Mexican TV to American TV after landing a role on Pretty Little Liars as Alex Santiago, a stint which lasted from 2010 to 2011. Since then, Boneta's notable roles include the 90210 reboot from 2010, the adaptation of Broadway musical Rock of Ages, and season 1 of Scream Queens.
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019