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Thesp proves metal as ‘T3’ terminatrix

'D.C.,' 'Philly' actress Loken to tangle with Arnold

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 best known for her work in such 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 “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” She is pitted against Schwarzenegger’s T-800 cyborg character in the Intermedia-financed film to be directed by Jonathan Mostow this spring in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. will distribute domestically, with Sony picking up most foreign territories.

In the script originated by Tedi Sarafian and rewritten by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, “T3” picks up the story a decade after the sequel, when a twentysomething John Connor reteams with his cyborg protector to battle the TX.

While Schwarzenegger was set in a $30 million deal, Mostow has been busy looking to cast the villainess, as well as the Connor role, which Edward Furlong will not reprise. While several young actors are vying to step in, Loken impressed Mostow and producers Mario Kassar, Andy Vajna, Joel Michaels and Hal Lieberman enough to land the pivotal terminatrix role. Her deal is being negotiated by Endeavor and Miles Levy Management.