It's back: "Terminator" franchise returning to the screen

Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

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NEW YORK -- Linda Hamilton is returning to the "Terminator" franchise for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

"Terminator" creator James Cameron announced Hamilton's casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, didn't immediately comment Wednesday.

Cameron is producing the sequel, which "Deadpool" filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.

Cameron recently compared Wonder Woman unfavorably to Hamilton's "Terminator" character, Sarah Connor. Cameron called Gal Gadot's superhero an "objectified icon," but said Connor was defined by "pure grit."

Hamilton has previously described the "Terminator" shoot as exhausting, with Cameron pushing them to their physical limits as they filmed along the dilapidated streets of downtown Los Angeles.

"I finished the film and I thought 'That director is on the side of the machines, he is not on the side of the human beings," Hamilton said, although she eventually came around and forgave him. "It's amazing what after-sight will give you."