It looks as though Vin Diesel has joined the cast of the ‘Avatar’ sequels. The action star and director James Cameron posted a video on Instagram, in which Diesel discussed his career-long desire to work with Cameron, stating that “All things come…” to those who wait. Diesel captioned the video “And the journey continues…” and added the hashtags #Blessed, #Grateful, and #Avatar. It certainly sounds like Diesel will be starring in, as Cameron said, “‘Avatar 2’, ‘3’, ”4′, and ‘5’” but neither men came right out and announced his casting.
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The motion-capture portions of ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘3’ are believed to be complete, with filming of the live-action sequences beginning now. Casting isn’t complete, as Brendan Cowell was just announced as having been cast on Monday.
Diesel just wrapped the comic book movie ‘Bloodshot’. He has ‘Fast & Furious 9’ and ‘xXx 4’ in pre-production, but it’s possible that he has room in his schedule for an ‘Avatar’ film or four.
The first ‘Avatar’ was released by 20th Century Fox, which means that the billion-dollar brand now falls under Disney’s banner. While Cameron has high expectations that audiences will once more flock to the additional ‘Avatar’ and has plans for four more pictures, it looks as though the studio is proceeding with a bit more caution. The first two sequels will be released on December 18, 2020, and December 17, 2021. If those do well, a fourth and fifth movie will be released on December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025. But as you can see, there will be a three-year gap in between the third and fourth pictures.
‘Avatar’ remains the top-grossing movie ever, but ‘Avengers: Endgame’ may topple it. Or maybe not. After all, ‘Infinity War’ *only* managed to become the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time, trailing behind Cameron’s one-two-punch of ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’, and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
What do you think? Are you excited by the prospect of Vin Diesel joining the ‘Avatar’ franchise? Are you still excited by the thought of more ‘Avatar’ movies?