Breaking news out of the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con, as James Cameron has revealed that Edward Furlong will be returning as John Connor in Paramount’s forthcoming Terminator: Dark Fate, as sequel to Terminator 2 which he produced and Deadpool‘s Tim Miller directs.
This is quite a huge update considering the long- hyped return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the film which takes place after the events in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, retconning all other sequels. Arnold Schwarzenegger also returns.
Up until this point we expected a CGI stand-in as young John Connor, as back in June of last year, a photo was leaked from the set that revealed the possible return of a young John Connor, if only by the way of a casting double.
The photo showed young actor Jude Collie, who is supposedly playing young John Connor in the Tim Miller-directed film. When the photo made its rounds on social media, it stated Collie was a CGI stand-in, which means it's possible we'll be seeing Edward Furlong's young face on the big screen as well.
"I think the best way to think about Terminator: Dark Fate is to think about it as a direct sequel to Terminator 2, the third film in a series, if you will," producer James Cameron explained at the time. "We’ll be continuing with Sarah’s story, John’s story, and the T-800 returns — a different T-800 with a very different role to play than what we’ve seen before."
In the franchise, John Connor, the son of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, is the leader of the worldwide human Resistance, as well as the more specialised Tech-Com. Skynet, the supercomputer mainframe of the machines, decides that John Connor is the focal point of the rebellion and his termination would end the opposition. After repeated failures at terminating John during the war, Skynet decides to use a time displacement device to send Terminators to various points in the past in an attempt to terminate him before the war even begins.
The big question is, how big of a role will Furlong's John Connor play play in Dark Fate? We’ll know for sure when the film opens November 1st, 2019.