Dutch composer Junkie XL will score Terminator: Dark Fate. The project reunites the musician with Deadpool director Tim Miller, who will helm the new franchise film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.
Born Tom Holkenborg, Junkie XL released his debut studio album Saturday Teenage Kick in 1997. Over the following 15 years, he released five subsequent albums, culminating with 2012’s Synthesized. The multi-hyphenate Junkie XL scored his feature film in 1998 with Siberia, and his mainstream popularity elevated upon scoring the 2014 films 300: Rise of an Empire, Divergent, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Since then, Junkie XL has worked on numerous high-budget blockbusters, including George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Robert Rodriguez’s 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel. The 51-year-old musician also scored the upcoming live-action animated adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog, and has previously scored the video games Madden NFL 16 and FIFA 18.
Per THR, Junkie XL will reunite with Deadpool’s Miller for Terminator: Dark Fate. The film reunites another famous pair in Schwarzenegger and Hamilton, who starred together in the franchise’s first two films. In the sixth franchise installment, Terminator: Dark Fate, the narrative will represent a direct sequel to Hamilton’s last franchise appearance in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Earlier this week, Terminator: Dark Fate received its official title, and Schwarzenegger revealed earlier this month that the film has a $160-200 million budget. James Cameron is a co-producer for Terminator: Dark Fate, and both Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna have been cast in supporting roles. From 2014 to 2017, Davis starred in the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, and portrayed Mariette in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 feature film blockbuster Blade Runner 2049. As for Luna, he portrayed Robbie Reyes aka Ghost Rider in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Colombian actress Natalia Reyes will also co-star in Terminator: Dark Fate.
For Junkie XL, Terminator: Dark Fate represents a collaboration with one of cinema’s most iconic female action heroes. In the original 1984 film, Hamilton’s Sarah Connor was essentially a “damsel in distress” character, but she’s significantly more hardened and tough in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Hamilton famously starred in the 1984 classic Children of the Corn and has maintained a steady career in both television and feature films for nearly 40 years. From 1997 to 1999, Hamilton was married to Terminator: Dark Fate’s famous producer, the aforementioned Cameron.
In Terminator: Genisys, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke portrayed Sarah Conner. As much as fans may love her, the re-casting of Linda Hamilton will return the franchise to its roots while continuing a storyline that’s resonated with audiences for over 30 years. Given the resume of a composer like Junkie XL, Terminator: Dark Fate will have an epic score to match the epic production design.