Zoe Saldana’s Avatar role as Neytiri has been confirmed, although it’s not much of a surprise considering she’s one of the two main characters.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Zoe Saldana is also in the Rosemary’s Baby remake on TV, and she will co-star as Nyota Uhura in the next Star Trek movie.
Some movie lovers may be surprised the Avatar sequel is the beginning of a trilogy. (Then again, if they can stretch The Hobbit into three movies then anything is possible in Hollywood.) The next Avatar release date is set for December of 2016, and sequels will follow once a year in 2017 and 2018.
James Cameron says Zoe Saldana managed to picture the spirit of the giant, blue-skinned aliens called the Na’vi perfectly:
“Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoë captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora.”
But what may surprise some people is that Stephen Lang, who played Colonel Miles Quaritch, is also in the Avatar sequels. This character apparently died in the first movie, but he’s somehow making a comeback.
Otherwise, Avatar 2 is said to be a “family saga” that explores the Na’vi cultures all over Pandora according to Cameron:
“It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.”
Of course, that’s where the films may get controversial. Some critics believed the original Avatar was a direct attack on President Bush and his administration’s policies related to Iraq. So there’s already been chatter that the Avatar sequels will embed some sort of environmentalism message related to the oceans.
What do you think about the plans for Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington for Avatar 2, 3, and 4?