Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, you will know that a new Terminator film has been on the cards for a little while – and it seems the pieces are slowly coming together for the what is seen as a new trilogy with a familiar face set to come along for the ride.

The Hollywood Reporter has said that Sarah Connor herself, Linda Hamilton, is set to return to the franchise and will rejoin James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new film. At a private event celebrating the franchise, Cameron said:

“As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return. There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

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Cameron himself has written the story and will produce the film alongside Skydance, with Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox handling its distribution. Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, is helming the film. As well as Cameron and Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be returning as ever – but in what guise we don’t know just yet as rumours a few months ago had the star as the human who Skynet bases the designs of the T-101 on.

Cameron also added that they have begun looking for the rest of the cast, saying:

“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story… We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”

In addition, a writers room has been created by Cameron and Miller to sculpt the stories with a trilogy planned. Included are David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade), Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Justin Rhodes.