Terminator: Dark Fate trailer: Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor brings out the big guns

The first trailer for the sixth Terminator film has arrived – and it’s absolutely packed full of action. The new film, due to be released on October 23, sees Arnold Schwarzenegger reunite with Linda Hamilton, who is returning to the franchise after almost thirty years. 

Terminator: Dark Fate is directed by Deadpool’s Tim Miller and produced by franchise co-creator James Cameron. Alongside Schwarzenegger and Hamilton, it stars Mackenzie Davis as Grace, Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos, Diego Boneta as Miguel Ramos and Gabriel Luna as a liquid metal Terminator who can split into two separate units.

The trailer opens with Dani Ramos’ narration. Ramping up the intrigue, she says, “Two days ago I had this nice, simple life ... and now it’s a nightmare.”

With interests piqued, the action really gets going: a supernaturally-heightened car chase, featuring the CGI-enhanced Luna, is followed by explosions, airborne missiles and gunshots. 

Hamilton, playing fan-favourite Sarah Connor, makes an iconic entrance, emerging from a car with a huge weapon. She delivers the lines, “My name is Sarah Connor. I’ve never seen one like you before, almost human.”

Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna at CinemaCon Credit:  VALERIE MACON/ AFP

Fights scenes, a plane crash, and cryptic dialogue snippets follow. We get a glimpse of Schwarzenegger himself, and the trailer action ends with a shot of Luna’s character, his metallic mask receding to reveal his full face. 

Fans are surprised to see Hamilton returning to the franchise after all these years. She first appeared in The Terminator back in 1984, reprising her role for the second movie, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. She did not appear in the following three films, but did provide voice overs.

Hamilton expressed her reservations about the last three released. “You start something and you’re invested in the franchise,” she explained, “but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there. Too many people, too many story points.”

The actor said she thought long and hard before agreeing to return for Terminator: Dark Fate, but now believes that the sixth installment has “done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films.”