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Newbie Actress Lands Key ‘Terminator’ Role

Newcomer Kristanna Loken will be the terminatrix who goes up against Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”

Loken, a 22-year-old actress who starred in such TV series as “D.C.” and “Philly” and the film “Panic,” has landed the much coveted role of the TX, a cyborg even more sophisticated than Robert Patrick’s liquid-metal T-1000 in 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” She is pitted against Schwarzenegger’s T-800 cyborg character in the big-budget film to be directed by Jonathan Mostow this spring in Los Angeles.

“T3” picks up the story a decade after the sequel, when a twentysomething John Connor reteams with his cyborg protector to battle the TX. Edward Furlong, who played John Connor in “Judgement Day,” will not reprise his role.

Warner Bros. will distribute the film domestically in summer 2003, with Sony picking up most foreign territories. The film is reportedly budgeted at between $165 million and $180 million, with Schwarzenegger’s fee accounting for $30 million.