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Linda Hamilton Returns to 'Terminator' Franchise

At 60, actress joins field of older male action heroes still going strong

Linda Hamilton in 2012

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Linda Hamilton costarred in the first two "Terminator" movies and will return for a new installment.

After helping to herald in a new era of female action heroes 26 years ago, Linda Hamilton — who turns 61 on Sept. 26 — is returning to the Terminator movie franchise. She is potentially breaking ground once again, this time for older female action stars.

James Cameron, 63, who created the series, also is returning to produce the next installment. He announced the news about Hamilton's return at a private event celebrating the movie franchise, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "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," Cameron said.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 70, also is set to return for the film. Both Hamilton and Schwarzenegger starred in the first two Terminator movies in 1984 and 1991, with Hamilton playing Sarah Connor and Schwarzenegger portraying a cyborg assassin from the future. Hamilton and Cameron — who married in 1997 and divorced two years later — sat out the installments released in 2003, 2009 and 2015, the Hollywood Reporter said. 

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