Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana Back for All Three 'Avatar' Sequels

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.

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Nards! Not a fan of Avatar at all (technological achievements aside). Poor acting, and a worse narrative. Also, just so we all know, he used the term "street smarts" in the description of Sully

T. Hakeem on Jan 14, 2014


You are so cool it hurts

Guest on Jan 14, 2014


Poor acting and a worse narrative?? This guy sounds like an idiot.

Internet Reality on Jan 14, 2014


More so do you sound as one. They took an over used story plunked down mediocre actors, then dumped the whole budget into FX, we got a crowd pleasing movie that did well that isnt really a GOOD movie. Its only accomplishments are in the realms or tech and FX.

Brian Sleider on Jan 14, 2014


You said that a lot better than I did haha.

Guest on Jan 14, 2014


I don't know if anything was wrong with my 3D glasses when I saw it but nothing at all stood out. It's like I felt I was watching a movie without 3D, I felt like I got ripped off. I have seen way before 3D films that are more effective than Avatar and have a better story. Your right, all Avatar was is just a simple tech demo.

Damon King on Jan 14, 2014


I would say it was more than a simple;e tech demo, it was an ASTOUNDING tech demo. The world that has been created is ripe for great stories, lets hope they come up with some original ideas for these 3 movies and not just rip off other old tropes.

Brian Sleider on Jan 14, 2014


You must hate Star Wars then...TOTALLY UNORIGINAL.

Internet Reality on Jan 14, 2014


I don't hate them, but I am not a fan.

Brian Sleider on Jan 15, 2014


HAHAHAHAH....god I wish your dad had worn a rubber with that hooker

Guest on Jan 14, 2014

11 you only like original stories? Well I guess that eliminates 100% of movies. News flash...every movie borrows from something. Mediocre actors? sound like an even bigger idiot.

Internet Reality on Jan 14, 2014


My word... like I said, most stories are recycled. I just felt that Avatar made a very lazy attempt to mask it as something else. Who said anything about only liking original stories lol?!

T. Hakeem on Jan 15, 2014


That's my bad, didn't realise the reply was to @Brian Sleider.

T. Hakeem on Jan 15, 2014


Worthington? Yeh he is amazing, did you see Wrath of the Titans? Salandra? Piece of ass nothing more. Weaver is good but not in the movie that much to have her skills be impactful. While a large majority of movies are filled over used plot point there are some that try to be original. Its a hard thing to do after so many years of movies. But Most movies TRY to conceal their stolen narrative. You do know that its possible to disagree with some one and not call names? The only person looking idiotic is the guy with no argument other than "you sound like an idiot".

Brian Sleider on Jan 15, 2014


Fair enough, the sentence was poorly constructed. But why the name calling lol?

T. Hakeem on Jan 14, 2014


Haha, wasn't my intention. You a fan of the film?

T. Hakeem on Jan 14, 2014


No offense but you do sound like an idiot. Avatar trolls are the worst.

Charlie Hard on Jan 14, 2014


Trolls are the worst, agreed. But all I said was that I wasn't a fan lol. Wasn't randomly abusive/inflammatory towards the film. And gave an (admittedly vague) opinion. While not a hugely expanded argument, it wasn't trolling. Nor was trolling my intention. In hindsight, my initial comment came off a lot more douchy than I intended lol

T. Hakeem on Jan 15, 2014


This might be the first thing me and Charlie have agreed on in a long while.

Chris Groves on Jan 15, 2014


Avatar is great. Cant wait. I will never understand the hate for Avatar, Prometheus and StarTrek 2, i love these movies......

Snowmanfloza on Jan 14, 2014


The movie was extremely well made and extremely entertaining. Some people seem to think that you can make 2.7 billion at the box office and get an 80%+ at RottenTomatoes and somehow be a bad movie. The movie was a success every way possible....commercially, critically, popular opinion and from award givers. Yep....sounds like a bad movie to me 😉

Internet Reality on Jan 14, 2014


Oh please, it's a James Cameron movie. Everyone would just suck up to him no matter what. Asides from the generic "Pocawhatever" story and the cheesy script, the whole entire portion of Avatar was just a huge tech demo for this latest and so called greatest technology! Oh look 3D effects and oh look the future! Now give this movie high praise!

Damon King on Jan 14, 2014


Star Wars had a generic's a completely useless metric.

Guest on Jan 14, 2014


Ah so this is why I'm an idiot haha. Can't disagree with you on most counts. The £2.7bn was more to do with the snowball effect and it being, like you said, a somewhat entertaining movie. I never once said it was bad, just said I wasn't a fan. Technologically it was incredible and commercially it was the perfect media/promotional storm. Critically, it was accepted quite well, but not so much loved. I personally just didn't really like the recycled narrative. While most stories are in some way or another recycled, Avatar made no attempt to try and mask it as something fresh. But that's just my view. Like you said, it was well received by many. By most actually. Just maybe keep the name-calling as the last resort 😉

T. Hakeem on Jan 14, 2014


STFU...snowball effect? It's called word of mouth...and it was extremely positive...that's why Transformers didn't rake in the same amount....huge initial weekend and then the revenue plummets. Avatar was like a straight line for months. That's the mark of a good movie.

Internet Reality on Jan 14, 2014


You make a good point. But to use Transformers as a comparison is slightly unfair. Avatar was definitely a blockbuster. But was on another level in that regard. It was an incredible technical achievement, and a hell of a spectacle, which made for good entertainment. That's part of what helped it maintain that straight line trend like you said. The fact that it was the first of its kind, and on the surface, entertaining meant that it was something more people hadn't seen before and NEEDED to see. Star Wars had a similar effect, but had the amazing story and emotional depth on par with the technology. Transformers on the other hand, in comparison was a pretty standard summer flick, and so followed the other trend that you mentioned. Huge opening weekend, a few weeks/month or two of insane numbers, then a huge plummet in revenue.

T. Hakeem on Jan 15, 2014


Avatar wasn't exactly the first of it's kind, no more than Jurassic Park was the first film to use CGI. Films were getting released in Digital 3D as early as 2006, then more frequently in 2007, 2008, and in 2009 leading up to Avatar. Granted, Cameron was the first to make a true, huge spectacle blockbuster in the format...but if anything, that's a credit to him. It's telling that no 3D film before or SINCE has come close to what Avatar did. It's not the one thing. Same with the effects, films were breaking ground in effects every year before Avatar came out, they didn't do what it did. It was the total package, and while some day it lacked depth and be honest that's part of the charm. After years of movies that were all about being 'complex and cool' with twists and this and that...Avatar took things back to the basics and gave us a simple adventure story full of spectacle. The reaction it had clearly shows that it was satisfying some demand/need/craving of the global audiences...a film like this certainly wasn't unwanted.

Chris Groves on Jan 15, 2014


Well said. While I'm personally not a fan of the film, completely understand what you're saying. It couldn't have had the impact that it did if it didn't strike a chord with a lot of people. And while I didn't like it as a film, I can't deny it wasn't entertaining for the most part. Seeing some of those battle scenes and landscapes in IMAX 3D was incredible.

T. Hakeem on Jan 15, 2014


^ This

Charlie Hard on Jan 14, 2014


Avatar wasn't bad(even though I hated it). But it wasn't 2.7 bil, 80 % on RT, life changing good)

Jon Odishaw on Jan 15, 2014


I agree. Theres always gonna be haters tho.

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 15, 2014


Eh will see...not over excited though.

Xerxexx on Jan 14, 2014


Yep, so many movies have come out since then that has me not as excited as I might have been a couple of years ago. Once the trailer comes out, I am sure my interest will be piqued again.

mooreworthy on Jan 14, 2014


FUCK YES!!!!!!

Trey Wilson on Jan 14, 2014


Can't wait for this trilogy.

Chris Groves on Jan 15, 2014


Should prove to be interesting

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 15, 2014


"Compared to The Godfather trilogy"??? Cameron is really full of himself!..

Drived on Jan 15, 2014


The Avartards are out in force defending this terrible franchise, LOL

cobrazombie on Jan 16, 2014


The Colonel was an avatar as well...

sssss on Jan 16, 2014

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