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Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth film in the Terminator franchise, directed by Tim Miller (of Deadpool fame), written by Billy Ray, David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Josh Friedman, and based on a story by James Cameron, Tim Miller and David Ellison. It marks James Cameron's return to the franchise after a long absence, his first contribution to it since the Universal Studios attraction Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time way back in 1996.

It is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ignoring Rise of the Machines, Salvation, Genisys and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, dismissing all of these as alternate timelines.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as an old T-800 Terminator once again, as does Linda Hamilton, reprising her role of Sarah Connor, and Brett Azar (body double for a younger Terminator). Newcomers include Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Mackenzie Davis.


The film is due to release on November 1, 2019.

Previews: Teaser.

Terminator: Dark Fate contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: In true James Cameron tradition, the central characters are tough women, including an aged Sarah Connor. Nothing screams this better than old Sarah's Big Damn Heroes moment in the trailer, pulling out a minigun and a bazooka to destroy the new Terminator.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: First there was a metal skeleton encased in living flesh. Next, there was a golem made of liquid metal that could alter its shape but couldn't form separate parts of its own will. Now there's a metal skeleton encased in a liquid metal that can separate into a golem.
  • The Bus Came Back: Linda Hamilton escaped the Bus Crash mentioned in Rise of the Machines to return as Sarah Connor for the first time in three entire movies (well, unless you count the ride at Universal Studios.)
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  • Digital Head Swap: Bodybuilder and stuntman Brett Azar played a "young" T-800 in Genisys, with the digitally recreated face of a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger superimposed on his head. The same will happen here.
  • Self-Duplication: The new Terminator has a metal endoskeleton and a liquid metal "skin" (much like the T-X in Rise of the Machines). Unlike the T-X, this one's liquid metal skin can detach itself from the endoskeleton and move on its own in humanoid form like a T-1000.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: The T-800s were tall, muscular men with a penchant for motorcycle gear. The T-1000 was leaner but still had an intimidating gaze and dressed like a police officer. This new terminator antagonist on the other hand is an average-sized man who dresses plainly.
  • Unreboot: All films that followed Terminator 2: Judgment Day are ignored. Rise of the Machines, Salvation and Genisys are now Alternate Timelines. The TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles is also ignored (Salvation and Genisys already didn't acknowledge it, or each other).

If travel is searching
And home has been found
I'm not stopping
I'm going hunting
I'm the hunter...

Alternative Title(s): Terminator 2019


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