The upcoming Terminator Salvation may get the proverbial passing of the baton. It is reported that the original Sarah Connor herself, Linda Hamilton, is in negotiations to be part of the film. According to Hamilton in a recent interview with MTV:
"We are talking,” Hamilton told us during a wide-ranging conversation for her Movie Badass selection. “I haven’t read it yet. I don’t know what direction they will go in.”
For those of you wondering how or why the Sarah Connor character would be featured in this post-apocalyptic Terminator tale when her character is supposedly dead, Hamilton has revealed some details about the prospective role.
“My contribution would be voiceover,” she said. “I would probably be very happy to loan my voice depending on what the material is. Wait and see. They’re already writing it. We’ve been negotiating it.”
In Terminator 3, Hamilton’s character had already passed away due to leukemia. This was changed from the original script due to Hamilton’s (in all honesty, good judgment) passing on the project.
“They offered me a part,” she said. “I read it and I knew my character arc was so complete in the first two, and in the third one it was a negligible character. She died halfway through and there was no time to mourn her. It was kind of disposable, so I said no thank you.”
A Sarah Connor voice-over would definitely give more legitimacy to this latest entry in the Terminator franchise. However, a full walk-on would still be preferable. Whether via time travel or a hallucination, it would be extremely cool to see Hamilton fully reprise the role. Sarah Connor is one of those iconic femme-fatale characters, and her made-over, mental institution-dwelling, ass-kicking persona from Terminator 2 helped make it one of the definitive action films of our age. Lena Headey also does an excellent job with the role in the “alternate universe” of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (whose faltering ratings is pure injustice.) However, you have to give props to the original.