Next December will see the first of a quartet of sequels arising finally for James Cameron’s transformative action adventure sci-fi saga, Avatar 2. An official title may yet be pending unless that’s the title Walt Disney Pictures goes for after acquiring all of 20th Century Fox’s properties as of last month.
What is official, however, is the addition of actress Michelle Yeoh following her recent appearances in Crazy Rich Asians, CBS All Access series Star Trek Discovery, and Yuen Woo-Ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. She will join a cast of new and returning faces led by Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, with Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang also returning.
“Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” said Cameron according to Deadline.
Worthington leads the narrative for Cameron’s current 2009 box office champion about a paraplegic space marine who joins a program to help explore a distant planet rich with unique resources to aid Earth’s own global crisis. In the course of events while hosting an alien/human hybrid body to cope with the atmosphere, he falls in love with a tribal Na’vi princess, a romance then endangered as is the planet amid corporate skullduggery and serving a warmongering Colonel. The film also starred Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonzo.
Avatar began development in 1994 prior to years of evolution before releasing in 2009, and earning close to $2.79 billion dollars globally.