In 1991, Terminator 2: Judgment Day told us when the world would end. August 29, 1997 was designated as Judgment Day, when the machines would rise up against the humans. Clearly, that didn’t happen, thanks to any number of movie sequels and timeline changes. However, the day still holds significance for Terminator fans, and Paramount Studios has chosen to celebrate it with a new trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, the next film in the series.
The trailer explains what’s going on in this latest sequel. Although Sarah Connor successfully helped change the future in T2 back in 1991, she didn’t change humanity’s fate–which, based on the movie’s name, we’re guessing is pretty dark. There’s also an iconic Terminator line at the trailer’s end, so it’s worth watching all the way through.
While Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return for this movie shouldn’t come as much of a surprise–he’s yet to miss an installment–Dark Fate does see the return of two vital people. James Cameron is back producing the film, his first time being hands-on with the franchise since 1991’s Judgment Day. Also returning for the first time since T2 is Linda Hamilton, reprising her role as Sarah Connor.
The new film, from director Tim Miller (Deadpool), picks up 27 years after the events of Terminator 2, as Sarah and the original T-800 cyborg Schwarzenegger played in the first film come to the aid of a cyborg-human hybrid (Mackenzie Davis), who is trying to save a woman (Natalia Reyes) from being killed by a liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna), sent from the future by Skynet. It should also be noted that Dark Fate is a direct sequel to T2 and is not connected to the franchise’s other installments–so don’t worry if you happened to miss 2009’s Terminator Salvation or 2015’s Terminator Genisys.
The movie will also reportedly flash back to the 1990s, with body doubles stepping in for younger versions of Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong (John Connor). The doubles will likely have their faces digitally replaced by CGI versions of both actors, as Bloody Disgusting points out.
Terminator: Dark Fate arrived in theaters on November 1.