Stephen Lang Somehow Returning for All Three 'Avatar' Sequels Now
by Ethan Anderton
October 22, 2013
Following false rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger would reunite with director James Cameron for a villain role in the first of three Avatar sequels, which start to hit theaters in December of 2016, it sounds like the villain will in fact be a familiar face on Pandora. Deadline has word from Cameron himself that Stephen Lang, who played the intense Colonel Miles Quaritch in the first film, is coming back for the sequels. And yes, that's plural because he will be back for all three new films in the series. Cameron says, "Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back." But how will he come back?
For those who saw the first film (and there were few who didn't), they know that Quaritch seemed to have lived his last day. Cameron says, "I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.” Perhaps Lang gets his own Na'vi body and comes after the natives again, or more likely, he becomes cyborg in nature, since Deadline calls him the Darth Vader of the series. Either way, Cameron seems to be hinting that maybe Lang won't always be a bad guy if he goes to some "unexpected places." Stay tuned.