James Cameron’s return to the Terminator franchise is steadily coming together. While it was long ago announced that Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger were set to return once the director regains the rights to his series, the rest of the cast is now fully starting to come together as they have found their new star actress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skydance and filmmakers Cameron & Tim Miller have completed a search that has cast Colombian actress Natalia Reyes in the starring role. Much like Cameron did with Hamilton in 1984’s Terminator, those behind the film were hoping to find and cast a relatively unknown actress to star in the film.
Reyes will play the main role of Dani “a young woman from a working-class neighborhood in Mexico City who finds herself in the battle between humans and machines.”
Deadset on finding a Latina actress for the role, the production widened their search to Central and South America after weeks of being unable to find the person they wanted. Previously Reyes appeared in some children’s programs in Colombia along with two Spanish-speaking series Cumbia Ninja and Lady, the Seller of Roses along with Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s movie Birds of Passage which reportedly is what helped her secure the Terminator role.
Alongside Reyes as new cast in the franchise are Blade Runner 2049‘s Mackenzie Davis, Scream Queens actor Diego Boneto and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ghost Rider actor Gabriel Luna as the new Terminator.
Cameron has been away from the franchise since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, with the three films that followed seemingly leading to the franchise being killed off despite an attempt to fully reboot it with 2015’s Terminator Genisys. Reportedly the film will be a sequel to the world Cameron set up in the first two films, essentially ignoring all the other films that Cameron had no part in.
Production is reportedly set to begin in May, after the cast starts training in April, with sights set on a November 22, 2019 release date.