Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana Back for All Three 'Avatar' Sequels
by Ethan Anderton
January 14, 2014
While this isn't all that surprising, 20th Century Fox has announced that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are set to reprise their roles from Avatar for all three of the sequels that the studio announced will start hitting theaters in 2016. Production will begin later this year on the new sci-fi franchise that James Cameron has compared to The Godfather trilogy. Worthington and Saldana join Stephen Lang, villain Colonel Miles Quaritch from the first film, who was already confirmed to come back for all three sequels as well. Of course, we're still not sure about the story for any of these sequels, but audiences are still excited.
Cameron says, "Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they'll be returning with us to Pandora." All of the films are shooting back-to-back in New Zealand with Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger) writing the scripts. The sequels all hit in December of 2016, 2017 and 2018, so get ready for Avatar overload.