'Terminator: Dark Fate' will 'scare the f**k' out of sexist trolls, says director

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Mackenzie Davis as Grace in Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount)

Tim Miller won't be acknowledging any sexist trolling going on around Terminator: Dark Fate.

The Deadpool helmsman, who has directed the latest instalment in the sci-fi series, has placed three female characters at the heart of his movie – played by Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes and Linda Hamilton.

And he's taking no nonsense whatsoever when it comes Davis's character, a cyborg from the future called Grace.

“If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters,” he told Variety.

“If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the f**k out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine.

Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fater (Credit: Paramount)

“We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online the responses to some of the early s**t that’s out there, trolls on the internet.

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“I don’t give a f**k.”

Now that's how you respond to sexists complaining about 'feminazis', as they did when the first Dark Fate poster emerged.

(Credit: Paramount)

Though the bones of the story have not been divulged, it's thought that Grace's character is similar to that of Kyle Reese in the first movie, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 terminator in T2.

She will be playing the role of protector of Reye's Dani Ramos, who has been targeted for termination by Gabriel Luna's Rev-9, an advanced, shape-shifting cyborg sent from the future.

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Of Grace's character, he added that she is 'a machine fighter'.

“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. It’s a very sacrificial role; they risk death to save others,” he said.

Natalia Reyes as Dani in Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount)

“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.

Taking place 27 years after Terminator 2: Judgement Day, it will disregard the events of Teminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys, occurring on a different timeline.

It will also find Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor for the first time since the second movie, with James Cameron having overseen as producer.

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Speaking about Cameron's involvement, Miller said: “I saw him a couple times when I got back from shooting, and I showed him a director’s cut. Jim will come in and provide clarity in key moments about the goals of the franchise.

“He’s great about looking at things and saying, 'This needs to be reinforced.' He’s like a diver into a pool. He dives to the bottom, jumps out and the pool settles. Dives in again. He occasionally cannonballs. But it’s incredible.”

Also starring some dude called Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie lands in the UK on 23 October.