While action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger has played many memorable roles over his storied career, perhaps none are more closely identified with the hulking Austrian than The Terminator.
Arnold has portrayed a variation of the cybernetic character in every Terminator installment since the original, outside of 2009’s Terminator: Salvation, which saw Arnold’s younger face get CGI’ed onto a muscle-bound Terminator body.
Back in March, reports circulated claiming that with the planned sequels to Terminator: Genisys not going forward, Arnold was finally ready to exit the franchise, should it continue elsewhere.
However, Arnold himself debunked those reports in April, claiming that he still hoped for another chance to return to the Terminator universe in a future film.
Sure enough, Arnold has now told Screen Daily that not only has he recently met with Terminator creator James Cameron to discuss ideas for the next movie, but that he’ll for sure be back on-screen as well.
“It is back,” commented Schwarzenegger, who revealed that he had met Cameron recently and discussed the project. “It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise,” the actor added, “I will be in the movie.”
For those who may have forgotten, Cameron will soon regain the rights to the Terminator franchise, and he already has plans to produce and creatively oversee a new entry into the saga. Directing this latest addition will be Deadpool helmer Tim Miller.
While some fans might argue that Schwarzenegger – who turns 70 in July – should really just retire and give a more age-appropriate actor a chance to play the T-800, many will likely be overjoyed to learn that the legendary cinematic ass-kicker will be back to try and save humanity’s future once again.
Also reportedly on Schwarzenegger’s upcoming schedule are sequels to both the Conan the Barbarian franchise, and the 1988 comedy Twins, which also starred Danny DeVito. Despite his advanced age, it would appear that Hollywood still has no hesitation about casting Schwarzenegger in big movies.