The Avatar sequels are finally coming. I know. Will the movies carry as much intrigue as the first film did? Common sense says no, but then again this is director James Cameron who made the first film the highest grossing movie of all time. Who made Titanic one of only three films to win 11 Academy Awards back in 1997. Heck, even his co-writer/producer credits like Alita: Battle Angel can’t seem to fail despite best efforts by critics (Made over $400 million on $170 million budget and considered one of the best live-action adaptations of an anime). So will it carry intrigue? The evidence suggests maybe…just maybe.
In any case, while Cameron finished performance capture for the computer-generated parts of the film in November of last year (2018), live-action filming is about to begin and Cameron is rounding out the casting. Having already assembled a bizarre range of actors from former Titanic co-lead Kate Winslet to Vin Diesel (Will his lines be “I am Mother Tree”?), it’s been announced today that Michelle Yeoh, taking a break from filming the show Star Trek: Discovery, will join the cast. Cameron had this to say on her casting:
Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels.
Little is known about her role except she will be playing scientist Dr. Karina Mogue. It’s a strong possibility we will be getting a trailer by the end of the year, allowing a year of promotion to build the movie up. It will be curious to see where Cameron will take this story after more than a decade since the first 2009 phenomenon.
Avatar 2 co-stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver. It is set to hit theaters December 18, 2020.