Paramount Pictures has released an official Terminator: Dark Fate trailer and life post-Judgment Day is looking intensely bleak. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) boasts about changing the future and saving three billion lives, but quickly learns from Terminator/human hybrid Grace (Mackenzie Davis) that she didn’t do anything to prevent a dark fate. In case you forgot, Terminator: Dark Fate is a sequel to the franchise’s first two releases, with the last three movies occurring in a different timeline.
The clip gives a deeper look at Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), an advanced Terminator sent from the future by Skynet to take out a woman named Dani (Natalia Reyes), among others. Sarah and Grace team up to protect Dani, but THE Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is eventually brought into the picture. There’s a not-so-joyful reunion between Sarah and T-800, but they quickly get on the same page. It’s a solid action clip that proves 1) Linda Hamilton is still an action heroine and 2) this looks like a way to jump-start a new Terminator era in this nostalgia-loving world. And, fans should be prepared to bid farewell to an old friend because new beginnings usually mean someone’s life is ending.
In fact, director James Cameron confirmed to Deadline that Terminator: Dark Fate will kick-start a potential new trilogy. “We rolled up our sleeves and started to break out the story and when we got a handle on something we looked at it as a three-film arc, so there is a greater story there to be told,” said Cameron. “If we get fortunate enough to make some money with Dark Fate we know exactly where we can go with the subsequent films.” No one knows if Sarah or T-800 would return in future films, but it’s likely that Dani is being set up to be the next leading lady in this franchise. But, none of this will come into play if fans aren’t feeling this film, so let’s see what happens.
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1.
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