Terminator 6: How James Cameron Convinced Linda Hamilton to Return

James Cameron discusses the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor for Terminator 6 and why it's such a big deal for action films.

Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 Judgment Day

The original Sarah Connor is returning for Terminator 6, allowing Linda Hamilton to reprise her role as one of film's most iconic action heroes. For almost three decades, Terminator fans have dealt with quite a rollercoaster of emotions. While the sequels that have been released since T2 aren't without their fans, many have been hoping James Cameron would return to the franchise that he started and offer a proper follow-up to the story of Sarah and John Connor from the first two Terminator films.

Finally, word broke earlier this year that not only will Cameron be returning to produce Terminator 6, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is also coming back. Since that time, updates on the project have continued to pour in, signaling the movie is on its way to becoming a reality. After leaving the world of Deadpool, Tim Miller will be taking the reins of the new Terminator. Even more exciting, Linda Hamilton will be back as Sarah Connor. Of course, she did need a little convincing.

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Speaking with THR for their big new cover story, Cameron opened up about Terminator 6 and how Hamilton was brought back into the fold:

Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) Smokes Cigarette Gun Desert Terminator 2

"Linda and I have a great relationship. We've stayed friends through the thick and thin of it all. And she is the mother of my eldest daughter. [They were married from 1997 to 1999.] So I called her up, and I said: "Look, we could rest on our laurels. It's ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here's what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it's done." Because in my mind, it hasn't been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in '91."

The return of Cameron hasn't just meant the creator is once again involved in the series. He'll also be reorganizing things a bit. Based on comments made by Schwarzenegger, it seems that Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation and Terminator: Genisys may all be ignored in the sixth installment. (After all, Rise of the Machines in particular revealed that Sarah had died.) While these changes may confuse some fans, the chance to bring back Hamilton should help to smooth things over. It will also help to break some big barriers in Hollywood, according to Cameron:

"There are certainly plenty of 50-, 60-, 70-something guys out there that just keep cranking along doing action movies and killing bad guys left and right. But there isn't an example of that for women, and I think there should be."

When it comes to everything from romance to action, older women are rarely given a chance to shine in movies. Meanwhile, male actors are able to remain love interests and killing machines well into their twilight years. By featuring an older Sarah Connor, audiences will get the chance to see a seasoned female hero in action in Terminator 6. And with the movie slated to begin shooting next year for a 2019 release, we won't have to wait much longer for more information on the project.

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Terminator 6 doesn't have an official release date yet. We will keep you posted.

Source: THR

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