Terminator Zero blasts onto Netflix in August 2024: Everything to know

Find out everything we know about the upcoming Netflix anime series Terminator Zero!
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Terminator fans, brace yourselves to see the time-traveling cyborgs like never before in the upcoming Netflix anime series, Terminator Zero.

For those who aren't too familiar with the cult classics, the Terminator franchise -- which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger -- revolves around a futuristic war between an artificial intelligence system called Skynet and the remnants of humanity. From its iconic catchphrases to its groundbreaking special effects, the series has left an unforgettable mark on pop culture!

So, what about Terminator Zero? Well, this anime will be part of the Terminator universe but will center on characters we haven’t met yet. Expect new heroes, fresh storylines, and of course, plenty of action and time-travel twists. If you want to know more about the upcoming eight-episode series arriving on Netflix in August, then you're in the right place!

We’ll dive into the cast, plot details, production team, and everything else you need to know about Terminator Zero. So, join us as we reveal everything we know about this exciting new addition to the Terminator saga below.

What is Terminator Zero about?

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Terminator Zero takes us to 1997 Tokyo, Japan, right on the brink of Judgment Day, when Skynet becomes self-aware and kicks off a war against humanity.

The series follows a brilliant scientist named Malcolm Lee, who is developing an AI system to rival Skynet. To protect Lee from a relentless Terminator assassin, a soldier from the future is sent back in time. The official synopsis, as per Variety, reads:

"2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity.

Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children."

Synopsis via Variety

Who’s the Terminator Zero voice cast?

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At this time, our knowledge of the cast is pretty limited. So far, it’s been announced that Timothy Olyphant, known for Justified (2010-2015), A Perfect Getaway (2009), Daisy Jones & The Six (2023), and Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019), will be voicing the Terminator.

We’ll have to wait a little longer for more cast members to be revealed, but with Olyphant on board, we can already expect some top-notch talent in the lineup!

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Who are the creators of the anime series?

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The upcoming anime series will be executive produced by Skydance, the renowned Japan animation studio Production I.G., and creator Mattson Tomlin, known for Project Power and The Batman Part II.

Ahead of its release, Tomlin shared his excitement in 2021, saying:

"Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart. I’m honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach Terminator in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations, and has real guts."


With this powerhouse team behind it, Terminator Zero is shaping up to be a must-watch for fans and newcomers alike!

When is Terminator Zero coming to Netflix?

Get ready to fire up your Netflix screens because Terminator Zero is arriving globally on August 29, 2024 – the anniversary of Judgment Day. It's the perfect day to immerse yourself in the thrilling world of time-traveling cyborgs and epic battles. So, mark your calendars, set your reminders, and prepare for an adrenaline-fueled ride you won't want to miss!

Stay tuned to Netflix Life for more updates!

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