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Dark Fate Director Explains How New Terminators Differ from Earlier Models

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One of the biggest revelations in Terminator: Dark Fate's first trailer was that Mackenzie Davis' new character Grace appears to be a Terminator herself. After all, her synthetic skin gets revealed during a highway battle with Gabriel Luna's relentless killer robot.

According to Dark Fate director Tim Miller, Grace's cybernetic body comes at a tragic price. She is a cyborg and underwent a painful process for her suicide mission back to the past.

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"It’s a painful life, and they’re scarred and take a lot of drugs to combat the pain of what’s been done to them. They don’t live a long time," Miller explained to Variety. "It’s a very sacrificial role; they risk death to save others. And from the very first suggestion it was always a woman. We had to look for someone who has the physicality, but I’m very sensitive to actors. I didn’t just want a woman who could physically fit the role but emotionally as well. Mackenzie really wanted to do it; she came after the role. She worked harder than anybody.”

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The first trailer has Grace insist she is still human, even after her true nature becomes revealed to Sarah Connor and Dani, a young woman targeted by Luna's Rev-9 Terminator. The trailer also revealed the Rev-9 to be a combination of liquid metal and a hard metal endoskeleton, effectively capable of being in two forms at once and making it the most formidable Terminator yet.

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Directed by Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, Terminator: Dark Fate stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta. The film opens Nov. 1.

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