According to reports coming out of San Diego Comic-Con, actor Edward Furlong, who played John Connor in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will be back as the character for the first time in 27 years in the sequel-slash-reboot Terminator: Dark Fate. The actor had largely fallen out of Hollywood after dealing with addiction issues, and up until now has not appeared in any of the marketing materials, including any of the footage that was just screened at the Hall H presentation.
Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared at the panel, reuniting for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but Furlong was not in attendance. Others at the panel were director Tim Miller and co-stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, and Gabriel Luna. James Cameron introduced the panel via livestream from the Avatar set. He also casually dropped the news that Judgment Day’s Edward Furlong appears in Dark Fate, reprising his role of John Connor.
It’s starting to feel like Furlong’s character is going to be more of a footnote in this movie, which means he will probably appear in a flashback sequence or two. It’s been all but confirmed that there is a new “hope” for humanity in Dani Ramos and her implied role in the future war against Skynet and its legion of robots.
The San Diego Comic-Con panel wrapped up with new footage, including a freeway chase featuring some Terminator-on-Terminator action with Davis and Luna’s characters battling with pipes, tools, whatever they can find on the road.
Director Tim Miller has said the film will deal directly with Sarah Connor’s destruction of Cyberdyne Systems and indicated this film ignores all sequels after Terminator 2: Judgement Day:
“The first two movies really deal with time as a loop, what’s happening is the same thing that happened before and everybody is fighting to ensure that happens again. And Jim [Cameron] had this lucky break that he only broke that rule at the end of Terminator 2 when Sarah destroys Cyberdyne, it’s the first thing that happened that hadn’t happened before, and so it was going to change the future—but no one knew how. And I don’t think the movies that came after it really explored that in a clean way like I believe we are, with true consequences, and it makes perfect sense for Sarah to be the one to face those consequences since they were her choices to begin with.”
Miller also confirmed that the film will be rated R.
“The DNA of Terminator is an R-rated, f*cking movie”
The panel also gave the last film sequel, Terminator: Genisys, some serious shade when James Cameron stating that “there’s no Sarah except Linda Hamilton.”