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First look! Terminator: Dark Fate trailer brings back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor

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The future is far from certain in the first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate – but fortunately, we have a gun-toting warrior to hold our hand through the machine-infested apocalypse.

The sixth movie in the Terminator franchise is produced by series figurehead James Cameron and directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller. It leans heavily on the nostalgia, reinstating Linda Hamilton's tenacious Sarah Connor in her first big-screen appearance since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Confused? Don't forget this movie wipes the events of Terminators 3-5 off the map, acting as a direct sequel to T2 and picking up the day after Judgment Day itself (August 29th, 1997). This allows Connor's return to the fold.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor on Terminator: Dark Fate poster

The first trailer for Dark Fate introduces us to Black Mirror actor Mackenzie Davis as terminator-who-thinks-she's-human Grace. Both Grace and the young woman she's sheltering (Dani, played by Natalia Reyes) are being hunted by a sleek new liquid metal terminator (Gabriel Luna).

The bad news is this particular enemy can split himself between two different forms: liquid and an endoskeleton. Fortunately Sarah Connor is on hand to save the day, ultimately leading our fugitive duo to the aged T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

That's as much as we get as far is plot is concerned. It leaves us with lots of questions – namely, why, or how, is Arnie's original terminator cyborg still standing, more than two decades after he sacrificed himself at the end of T2?

No doubt questions will be forthcoming in a future trailer. For now, let's revel in the return of one of cinema's longest-running sci-fi franchises. Terminator: Dark Fate is released on 23rd October.