Wonder Woman star David Thewlis has confirmed which of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels he will appear in.
Thewlis, who is best known for his roles in Wonder Woman and the Harry Potter film series is set to join the Avatar franchise, of which there are four sequels on the way. Although he recently said he has no idea what his scenes will look like while confirming he will indeed play one of the Na’vi, Thewlis has now confirmed to Collider that he will first appear in Avatar 3, with plans to return for the fourth and fifth installments:
“Well, nothing could be more different than Avatar. It completely doesn’t resemble anything that I’ve ever done. I should be clear, by the way, ‘cause I know that a magazine in Britain has got me in Avatar 2, but I’m not in Avatar 2. I’m going to be in Avatar 3, which was shot at the same time as Avatar 2, and the plan is that I will be in Avatar 4 and 5, as well. I just wanted to clear that up because somebody got that wrong recently.”
Cameron’s Avatar sequels have been filming back-to-back-to-back, however, production on the sequels was put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The director returned to New Zealand to resume filming the fourth and fifth sequels this past weekend, however, both he and producer Jon Landau are currently in the first week of a 14-day government-supervised quarantine. The country was recently declared safe by the national government.
While production on the sequels was interrupted due to the health crisis, Cameron is still confident that the first sequel will not be delayed and will maintain its December 17, 2021 release date. Principal photography wrapped on the second and third films in 2019.
Here is the official synopsis for the first Avatar film:
AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.
Directed by James Cameron, Avatar 2 stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, CCH Pounder, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Kate Winslet, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, David Thewlis. The first sequel is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
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