‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4’ shot back-to-back, so Zoe Saldana (a.k.a. Gamora) should be used to playing the same role for long stints of time. (Provided she was even in ‘Avengers 4’.) But it sounds like director James Cameron mixed things up even further while shooting ‘Avatar’ 2 & 3. Last month, Cameron confessed that the actors never knew which film they were working on from day to day. “One day I’ll be working on scenes from two, the next day I’ll be working on scenes from three. And the actors come in and go, ‘Oh, we’re working on three today’,” he recalled.
Cameron also stated that he’d been filming motion capture performances for 130 days, but that Saldana had wrapped her performances for both movies on Friday. Cameron has four sequels planned, but whether or not he gets to the last two depends on how audiences react to the first two. The first film, which came out in 2009, became the highest grossing movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and the first single movie to make more than $1 billion. But over time, the technology devised by Cameron and his collaborators for that film, have become widespread. Will his new movies still appeal on that visual level?
As for the films themselves, Cameron says the new installments will explore new parts of Pandora, not seen in the original movie. It is also known that there will be some underwater scenes. Cameron praised new cast member Kate Winslet who has learned to hold her breath for seven minutes.
In addition to Saldana, Sam Worthington, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Dileep Rao, Giovanni Ribisi and Sigourney Weaver are all reprising their roles from the first movie. Along with Winslet, the new additions to the cast include Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Duane Evans Jr., Jamie Flatters, Filip Geljo and David Thewlis.
The release dates for the ‘Avatar’ sequels have been moved around a few times, but at this time, ‘Avatar 2’ is scheduled for release on December 18, 2020. ‘Avatar 3’ follows the next year almost to the day, on December 17, 2021.