We now know who’ll be doing the terminating when director Tim Miller’s reboot brings James Cameron’s venerable Terminator franchise back to theaters: Gabriel Luna, who’s been cast to play the role of the Terminator himself.
Luna joins another big addition to the cast: After a lengthy search to land a Latina actor to anchor the upcoming movie as a human protagonist, producers have inked Colombian star Natalia Reyes.
According to Deadline, Luna will play this film generation’s metal man, while The Hollywood Reporter first revealed that Reyes will make her debut as lead human character Dina. The casting marks Reyes’ first participation in a major movie from an American studio.
Luna has become a familiar face to fans of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, starring as Robbie Reyes (aka Ghost Rider) since the show’s fourth season.
Reyes (the actor, not the S.H.I.E.L.D. character) has previously appeared in kids’ shows on Colombian television, and also has starred in the critically successful film Birds of Passage, which THR reports may screen this year at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cameron, who's producing, has said the new cycle of Terminator movies will start with a mostly clean slate, discarding the lore of all but the second of the original films. The reboot is the first of a planned three-film cycle with the new principal cast. In addition to the new cast additions, Mackenzie Davis (The Martian, Blade Runner 2049) is also on board.
The new movie will mark the sixth in the Terminator franchise, and will unfold in a new timeline. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, as will Linda Hamilton, who's signed on to once more play Sarah Connor — a role she last visited in 1991.