Avatar: Oona Chaplin joins the cast for sequels, production to commence on 25 September
The mega blockbuster Avatar is returning to the silver screen with a sequel, for which the production will commence on 25 September this year.
“Finally, we have the four scripts for the Avatar films ready. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world," said Jon Landau of Lightstorm Entertainment during 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CineEurope in Barcelona, as reported by The Indian Express. He added that some of the Hollywood industry's 'best artists' are working on designing a world for these four upcoming Avatar movies.
During the same event Landau also announced that Black Mirror and Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin (also the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin) will be joining the cast for the rest of the movies and will be playing the role of Varang, a vibrant and strong central character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Landau also talked about how the strength of any great script is that the themes are universal and relatable. With this in mind, he revealed that the central theme for each of the upcoming Avatar movies will be the Sully family and their bonds with each other and their surroundings, a Deadline report states.
Avatar's director James Cameron addressed the gap between the first installment and the upcoming 2020 sequel release stating that big-budget, visionary sci-fi movies usually take a long time to come together. The four sequels have been given release dates of 18 December, 2020 followed by 17 December, 2021 and then 20 December, 2024 and 19 December, 2025.
The first Avatar movie was released on 18 December, 2009 and starred Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar has, till date, been the the biggest box office hit of all time, grossing a massive $2.7 billion worldwide.