James Cameron, the acclaimed director behind the first two Terminator films, Titanic and Avatar series, is going full steam ahead with four sequels of the latter, with the first one coming at the end of 2020. Here's everything we know so far.
On April 15th, it was announced via Twitter, that renowned Hong-Kong action phenomenon, Michelle Yeoh has been cast as Dr. Karina Mogue, a scientist character for the Avatar sequels.
Yeoh first gained international recognition in the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, starring alongside Pierce Brosnan. But what actually garnered her global prominence was Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
She’s recently gotten some of that worldwide fame back with the gut-busting comedy movie Crazy Rich Asians and CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery as Philippa Georgiou.
In other news, Vin Diesel, megastar of the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie franchise and set to star as Bloodshot based on the famous Valiant comics series of the same name, has been cast as a mystery role at the moment, with Den of Geek breaking the news first.
Right now, the set release date for Avatar 2 is December 18, 2020. But because it’s far away and given that Cameron’s sequels have been bombarded with unexpected delays, it’s best to take this release date with a pinch of salt and expect plans to change.
The other sequels are expected to arrive at the following dates:
Avatar 3: December 17, 2021
Avatar 4: December 20, 2024
Avatar 5: December 19, 2025
When it comes to deflecting spoilers, James Cameron does this justice. In other words, we’ve got squat about the sequel’s premise. The only thing James Cameron shared with fans of the franchise is “the storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It's more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”
Cameron also said that he wants to introduce new habitats, worlds, and cultures in later films. Also, Sigourney Weaver shared some of the sequel’s script details with Variety, in which she says:
“In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”
On August 15, 2017, Avatar 2 officially entered production and began preliminary filming with Manhattan Beach, California serving as the primary filming location.
Then on September 25, 2017, principal photography alongside Avatar 3 began. According to Sigourney Weaver, shooting for the film was being moved around because she had to film her cameo role for the Doc Martin’s season eight finale.
By November 23rd, Cameron was having the crew undergo tests with his cast in order to film underwater scenes in motion capture. They successfully filmed one of the scenes on November 14.
Kate Winslet, who’s been cast in Avatar 2 said on April 30, 2018, that she had "just a couple days" of shooting left to do.”
On May 2018, Zoe Saldana provided an update on the film saying that the filming was about “halfway done” and then stated that the crew is "about to wrap up motion capture production on both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and then after that, they go right into pre-production for the live-action part that will shoot for six months in New Zealand."
On June 8th, 2018, Saldana said that she had completed filming her scenes for both the second and third movies, while Cameron said that over 130 days of motion capture had been done.
On November 14, 2018, principal motion capture had been wrapped up.
Finally, in February 2019, Landau reported that the live-action shooting for both sequels (Avatar 2 and 3) will start in New Zealand in spring 2019, which Cameron said would cost him “five months of my life across the two movies.”
Both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have been penciled in to reprise their roles for potential sequels back in January 2010. Later, Cameron confirmed that both Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver would also reprise their roles in spite of the death of their characters (a bit of a spoiler there, no?).
However, Weaver later reputed those aforementioned claims about reprising her former character’s role and instead play a new character for the sequels.
On September, Michelle Rodriguez, who played Captain Trudy Chacon in the first film, stated that she would not be returning for the next or later sequels.
In 2017, various returning cast members included Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald, along with a bunch of new faces also.
Some of the new cast members include:
Oona Chaplin: Chaplin will play Varang, who is "a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels."
Cliff Curtis: Curtis will play Tonowari, who’s the leader of the Na'vi reef people that belong to the clan of Metkayina.
These young guys and gals are set to make their big screen debuts. Starting from left to right:
Jack Champion as Javier "Spider" Socorro
Trinity Bliss as Tuktirey who is Jake and Neytiri's eight-year-old daughter and their youngest child.
Bailey Bass as Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan
Jamie Flatters as Neteyam, the first child of the Sully Family
Britain Dalton as Lo'ak, the second child of the Sully Family
Filip Geljo as Aonung of the Metkayina Clan
Duane Evans Jr as Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan
Brendan Cowell: Cowell, whose credits include Game of Thrones and Press, is set to portray Mick Scoresby, who is the "captain of a large-scale marine hunting vessel on Pandora."
Edie Falco: Falco will play General Ardmore, as confirmed through the official Avatar Twitter account. The character has been described as “Commander in charge of the RDA's interests in the Avatar Sequels!”
We will update this article as new information is revealed.