If the Disney movie marketing machine has its way, in two years at this time we’ll all be talking about the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar, which will open at a theater near you on December 21, 2021.
Cameron and the cast and crew are busy filming motion capture performances and live-action sequences for films 2 through 5 right now. We already learned a new younger cast will join the sequels along side some of the original cast. But there’s one returning charcter who might surprise you.
The production recently tweeted about its wrap of 2019 filming. If you look close there’s a sneak peak at a new ship featured in the sequel.
In theory Colonel Miles Quaritch died at the end of the first Avatar, the victim of two arrows through his chest, but the moment of his actual death was never seen. In Hollywood-land that’s an open invitation to bring back the big villain of the first movie for more evil plotting in the sequel. He’s probably not going to be very happy after the Na’vi made him into a human pin cushion.
Quaritch was brought to life by Stephen Lang, who has said that he never played the Colonel like a heavy, but rather a man who was doing his job the best way he knew how. But that his perspective may have been numbed by the reality of dirty wars.
So when did Lang learn he’s be returning as Colonel Miles Quaritch? He spoke to Deadline about his unlikely return and how Quaritch would become the primary antagonist of all four Avatar sequels.
“Jim indicated to me years ago, before filming on Avatar was completed, that Quaritch had a future. I might have taken that with a grain of salt at the time because we had a few beers,” said Lang. “Shortly after Avatar opened Jim mentioned again that the Colonel was coming back, and by then I knew Jim well enough to know that he means what he says and he says what he means.”
The original Avatar was released in 2009 and was a groundbreaking example of how new technology would transform Hollywood. Director James Cameron appears intent on making the sequels worthy of the original and, as with the first, had to wait for some technology to catch up with the vision he had in mind for the next films. Will the public still be interested after 12 years between films? What do you say?