The ambitious Avatar franchise has been in-flux for years. With the production and release dates constantly shifting, and the number of planned entries in the franchise increasing on a yearly basis, it seems like now that it’s closer to filming, plans are starting to solidify. With these recent advances, news about the cast has started to trickle out. Be warned, it’s a little spoilery, so read on at your own risk.
It was confirmed in the past 6 months that Sigourney Weaver would be returning in her role as Doctor Grace Augustine, which is odd in itself because the character died in the first Avatar movie. Now there is more news about Stephen Lang also returning, reprising the role of Colonel Quaritch, the main villain for the next four Avatar movies.
This is definitely good news because to many, Lang’s character was one of the best aspects of the first film, and let’s face it, Stephen Lang is great in just about everything. The question remains, how in the hell are both Dr. Augustine and Colonel Quaritch returning? One possibility is that Eywa (the spirit of the planet) absorbed Quaritch’s consciousness into it as it has Jake Sully’s before transferring it into an Avatar. Of course that leads to even more questions. Why bring Quaritch back? Perhaps Eywa has further use for him in the grand scheme of things? Only time will tell, and come December 18th of 2020 maybe we’ll have a clearer picture.
Barring any further delays, we’ll be getting Avatar 2 in 2020, Avatar 3 in 2021, Avatar 4 in 2024 and Avatar 5 in 2025. And to make things even more spoiler-rific, Quaritch is apparently going to be the main villain for the next four movies according to none other than James Cameron in an interview with Empire:
“The interesting conceit of the ‘Avatar’ sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey.
But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherf–ker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”
So here we are with fingers crossed that there are no more delays and that production stays on schedule. Though one has to question if the relevance of Avatar may have already faded by now and if Cameron will make it to that fifth movie.
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