“Terminator: Dark Fate”

Sarah Connor is one of the most iconic female action heroines in movie history. Played by Linda Hamilton in 1984’s “The Terminator” and 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Sarah evolved from a mousy waitress into a hardened warrior as the mother of humanity’s savior, John Connor, in the War Against the Machines.

After a 28-year absence from the “Terminator” franchise, Hamilton returns to the role in “Terminator: Dark Fate.” The sixth movie in the series disregards all but the first two installments, picking up some time after “T2: Judgment Day.”

Despite the passage of time, the new trailer shows Sarah as strong as ever. Sarah handily brandishes a bazooka as she emerges to take on a new Terminator (Gabriel Luna). Like the plot of the first film, this latest Terminator is hunting down another expectant mother (Natalia Reyes), who is carrying a potential savior. This time, a human/Terminator hybrid (Mackenzie Davis) is protecting the young mother. The three women will work together to protect humanity in the War Against the Machines – and it looks like they’ll have some help from an old friend, the T-800 himself (Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his classic role).

Mackenzie Davis, left, and Natalie Reyes star in “Terminator: Dark Fate.”

In the last decade, so many aging actors have successfully taken on action franchises, such as Liam Neeson in “Taken” and Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer.” It’s exciting to see a veteran actress get that same chance, and nothing beats seeing Linda Hamilton back in the groundbreaking role of Sarah Connor. With its trio of female leads, “Dark Fate” emphasizes a female-empowered twist on the franchise’s future.

James Cameron, the visionary mastermind and director of the first two “Terminator” films, returns to the franchise as a producer and writer of “Dark Fate.” The film also brings on Tim Miller, who won raves for his handling of the action in “Deadpool,” as director. The first two installments of the series are film classics, so Cameron’s involvement is promising after the disappointing “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and “Terminator: Salvation,” as well as the underperforming “Terminator: Genisys,” which attempted to reboot the series. Here’s hoping the newest Terminator film puts the franchise back on track.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” fire backs Nov. 1 in theaters.