As we know, two actors whose characters apparently died in the first “Avatar” are returning: Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Weaver would be playing an entirely new character: Jake and Neytiri’s teenage daughter.
But what about Lang? It was made clear long ago that he would not only reprise his Miles Quaritch character, but that he would be the main villain throughout all four sequels.
How did the cigar-chewing, Na’vi-hating military commander of the Resource Development Administration (RDA) survive the two huge arrows to his chest he received at the end of the first movie? Talking with Empireit seems he didn’t.
Instead, his consciousness has been transferred into a Na’vi avatar body. Speaking of his return, Lang says:
“He’s bigger, he’s bluer, he’s pissed off, but there might be an aspect of humility. When you get two Na’vi arrows in the chest, that will have some sort of effect on you.
[He] He was always a character that moved in a straight line and at right angles. But now he is as agile as he looks. He can move with the same kind of cunning and savage quality as any of the Na’vi.
The outlet confirms that the RDA will now have a full set of Recoms/Recombinants – avatars embedded with the memories of human soldiers and who mean business with producer Jon Landau saying: “They will return with an army to retrieve the prized possession they lost.” .”
Also, the RDA has built a whole new city called Bridgehead and is stripping the resources of Pandora’s oceans. They also have a 3D printing facility for weapons manufacturing that can produce all the ammunition they want.
Cameron himself also discussed his larger overall plans for the sequel, saying that the point of making them was to tell a story on a much larger scale:
“What I said to the Fox regime at the time was, ‘I will, but we have a bigger game to play here. I don’t want to just make a movie and make a movie and make a movie. I want to tell a bigger story.
I said, ‘Imagine there was a series of novels like The Lord of the Rings, and we’re adapting them.’ Now, that was great in theory, but then I had to go create the damn novels to adapt it from.
I had to think long and hard about whether I wanted to do another Avatar movie, because it was ours we were losing. When you’ve done something that has been so momentous in terms of success, do you really want to try again? There’s a lot of pressure on that. I thought about it for two good years before we finally made a deal.”
“Avatar: The Way Of Water” will arrive in December with a third film scheduled for 2024. Both were shot together with a bit of the fourth film; most of the fourth and all of the fifth will be shot at a later date. .
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In #Avatar: Stephen Lang’s The Way Of Water, Quaritch is “bigger, bluer and pissed off,” he tells Empire.
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James Cameron compares the #Avatar sequel to the Lord of the Rings saga: “I had to create the damn novels to adapt them,” he tells Empire.
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