It seems like the ‘Avatar’ sequel train might finally be in motion, and whether or not you think that’s an amazing thing, a horrible thing, or a “meh” depends entirely on your view of the first movie (I was more in the “meh” camp myself). News has been coming out faster and faster about the sequel, and those immediately following it, with many people somewhat surprised that Cameron is planning on tackling 4 ‘Avatar’ movies, which will clearly be taking up all of his time for the foreseeable future. And while we know original stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Zaldana and Sigourney Weaver will be coming back, today we have more news about cast members for the 3D sequels.
It seems Cameron has tapped ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ star Cliff Curtis for a lead role in his sequels, playing a character named Tonowari, who will be the leader of the Metkayina, who apparently are the reef people clan of the world ‘Avatar’ takes place on (bear in mind Cameron has stated in interviews that much of the ‘Avatar’ sequels will take place underwater). The first the sequels is supposed to hit theaters on December 18, 2020, which means Cameron and company need to get shooting quickly if they want to give themselves enough time to properly produce all of those nifty special effects that amazed people so much in the first ‘Avatar’ film (though whether the same tricks will play as well with audiences now, who might be starting to tire of 3D, remains to be seen, though 3D underwater effects could look cool).
What are your thoughts on Curtis joining the ‘Avatar’ cast? Are you excited for the upcoming movies, or do you think Cameron waited too long, and 4 movies seems a bit ambitious for a movie whose only real selling point was the amazing 3D effects that have been done to death in the decade since ‘Avatar’ originally came out? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
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