Sam Worthington And Zoë Saldana Return For Every “Avatar” Sequel

January 15, 2014

The stars of the first AVATAR, Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana, will reprise their roles in the next three sequels to James Cameron’s original blockbuster, Fox announced.

Worthington returns to the franchise as Jake Sully, the wheelchair-bound Marine who finds new life on the alien world of Pandora with the Na’vi people and Neytiri, a Na’vi huntress. Saldana will reprise her Neytiri role joining Worthington in Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4, which Cameron and Jon Landau will produce via Lightstorm Entertainment. Worthington and Saldana’s new deal is similar to their previous one. The difference is they had to factor in another film when Cameron decided to make four films instead of a trilogy.

The currently untitled sequels will be filmed back to back (like The Hobbit) with Avatar 2 set to release in December 2016. The subsequent sequels will follow in December 2017 and 2018, respectively. A start date is still unknown but Fox is eyeing December 2014/January 2015 to begin filming through March 2015. They have to give the actors four months of preparation.

Meanwhile Cameron is scripting Avatar 2 with Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Avatar 3 with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Avatar 4 with Shane Salerno (SavagesSalinger).

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