Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly set to be cast as the main villain in Avatar 2.
If the action icon does sign on to star in the sequel to the most successful movie of all time, Schwarzenegger will be reunited with director James Cameron, who he has previously worked alongside on 1984’s The Terminator, 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and 1994’s True Lies.
Latino Review has alleged that the director is interested in casting Schwarzenegger as the “bad guy human general” in Avatar 2, and they claim to have been informed by “top level sources.”
The Avatar sequels are coming together at an almighty pace now. Writers have been hired to work with Cameron on the scripts to the four follow-ups.
Josh Friedman is currently writing Avatar 2, which is due out in December 2016, while Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are scribing Avatar 3, which will hit multiplexes the following year.
Shane Salerno is also hard at work on the screenplay for Avatar 4, which will be released at some point in 2018.
Last month, Cameron confirmed that he was working on three Avatar movies, explaining in a statement:
“Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience.
In writing the new films, I’ve come to realise that Avatar’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen.
And to help me continue to expand this universe I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh – all writers I’ve long admired – to join me in completing the films’ screenplays.”
In 2009, Avatar took in $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office, which made it the highest grossing movie of all time. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently starred in 2013’s The Last Stand, and he will next be seen in Escape Plan.
[Image via Angela George/Wikimedia]