The first panel in the massive Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was suitably huge, bringing the stars and creators of highly anticipated sequel-slash-reboot Terminator: Dark Fate to the stage.
And there were some certified icons in the house, including Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, reunited for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Also in attendance: director Tim Miller and co-stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, and Gabriel Luna.
Not in San Diego: James Cameron, though he did introduce the panel via a livestreamed message from the Avatar set—and drop the news that Judgment Day’s Edward Furlong will be in Dark Fate, reprising the role of John Connor.
Dark Fate will be the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and the first since Terminator 2: Judgment Day to have franchise creator James Cameron involved. Cameron considers the film a direct sequel to his films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015) being described as occurring in alternate timelines.
27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator, for a fight for the future.
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1.