As the mother of the only hope for mankind (no pressure) Sarah Connor (played by the uber buff Linda Hamilton) transforms herself over the course of the Terminator series from a weak confused waitress into a badass warrior, intent on protecting her son. Judging by Terminator Salvation, she clearly succeeds.
Hey "Chuck," say hello to your mother for us.
Series creators/executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak announced the news at Comic-Con on Saturday that Hamilton will join the show as a recurring guest, playing the role of Mary Bartowski, the long-missing mom/former CIA agent to Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster).
Hamilton – best known for her role Sarah Conner in the "Terminator" big screen franchise – will appear throughout the upcoming season, which bows on September 20.
She's the latest celebrity parental figure to join the cast, after Scott Bakula ("Quantum Leap") joined the cast last season as Chuck's long-lost super spy dad.
However, Hamilton isn't the only new face coming to the NBC series.
Fanboy fave Olivia Munn was previously announced as a guest star, playing a CIA agent named Greta on the season premiere, along with action film star Dolph Lundgren, who will also make an appearance.
In an interesting casting twist, another actor will later step into the same role as Munn in a subsequent episode – Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa.
"We realized we were stunt casting one part over and over again, so each week we're going to try to bring a new spy in to play the part of Greta," Fedak explained, according to E! Online.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Nicole Richie will also return to the cast, reprising her role as Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) high school rival Heather in an October episode of the show, NBC previously confirmed to Access.
The episode will feature another guest-star return, former WWF wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who will once again play the Ring spy organization's agent Hugo Panzer.
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