Paramount Pictures on Thursday debuted the first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, which features the first footage of Linda Hamilton returning to the franchise as Sarah Connor for the first time since Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991. After starring in the first two films, Hamilton sat out the subsequent three installments, although she was technically heard via audio recordings in Terminator Salvation. Emilia Clarke starred as Sarah Connor in the 2015 reboot Terminator Genisys.
But Dark Fate is following in the recent Hollywood trend of ignoring a franchise's recent sequels — which Hamilton has called "very forgettable"— and going back to basics, as this film directly follows up on Judgment Day. The footage released on Thursday initially revolves around a set of new characters, including one named Grace played by Mackenzie Davis, who is revealed to be part machine. As Grace fights a liquid metal Terminator, an armed-to-the-teeth Sarah Connor makes her triumphant return to pitch in. There's also a new character played by Natalia Reyes, who Grace and Sarah Connor must keep alive.
Arnold Schwarzenegger also returns briefly in the trailer after previously starring in 2015's Terminator Genisys. Unlike that film, which gave away one of its main twists in the marketing, the trailer for Dark Fate is fairly light on plot, something that appears to be a deliberate choice. Schwarzenegger himself posted the trailer on Reddit and noted in the headline that it "doesn't give the movie away," leaving the implied "unlike last time" unsaid.
Dark Fate will hit theaters on November 1. Brendan Morrow