Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reunite in the trailer for the sequel, Terminator: Dark Fate. It's been 28 years since the pair last appeared together in James Cameron's 1991 hit, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In that time, the Terminator franchise has released a modestly-successful followup in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, along with two failed attempts to launch a trilogy (Terminator Salvation and Genisys), and a spinoff TV series (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) that was cancelled after two seasons. It's been a bumpy ride, put mildly.
However, fans are hopeful Dark Fate will finally reverse this trend. For one thing, it's the first Terminator movie Cameron's been involved in writing since Judgement Day, and the first to feature Hamilton as Sara Connor in nearly 30 years (not counting her voiceover recording from Salvation). The Dark Fate footage screened at CinemaCon last month also went over well, and director Tim Miller (Deadpool) teased the arrival of a trailer shortly after. The news was later made official by Schwarzenegger, who announced today's trailer launch on Tuesday.
Paramount has now released the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters (presumably) this weekend. You can check it out in the space below.
As seen here, Dark Fate picks up in the present, as a young woman named Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) finds herself being hunted by a new terminator (Gabriel Luna) from the future, presumably because she'll be important in the war with the machines to come. The trailer then confirms that Dani's protector from the future, the soldier-assassin Grace (Mackenzie Davis), is a cyborg of sorts, as many fans have been speculating for a while. It's also clear now that Sarah's actions in Terminator 2 did, in fact, change the future, as Judgement Day has yet to happen by the time Dark Fate gets underway. Moreover, Grace has seemingly no idea who Sarah is when she shows up to help them, which begs the question of what happened to John Connor (Is he even still alive?) and whether Dani, not John, is now destined to become humankind's savior in the upcoming battle against Skynet.
Fortunately, for those who're trying to wrap their heads around how all this fits into the Terminator timeline, there's good news. Dark Fate will ignore the events of Terminator 3, Salvation, and Genisys, and serve as a direct continuation of Terminator 1 & 2 instead, making it a soft reboot that should help clean up the continuity of the larger franchise. It also (arguably) has a better explanation for Schwarzenegger being older in this one than Genisys did (here, he's playing the model for the T-800, not an aged version of the machine), and adds some fun new twists to the Terminators' abilities, giving Luna's robot the power to split itself into two parts, as the trailer showcases. Whether all that will be enough to finally restore the Terminator property to its former glory, well, that's another matter.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019