Though this isn’t all that surprising, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will indeed return for all three of the upcoming Avatar sequels. The two stars have now officially solidified their deals to reprise their roles as Jake Sully and Princess Neytiri.
Director James Cameron commented in a statement:
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. Zoe 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.
Stephen Lang was the first actor to be confirmed in the casting process as the evil Marine Colonel Quaritch.
I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga,
said director who is also working on the scripts for the three new pics with writers Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno.
The next three sequels in the sci-fi franchise are set for release in December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018, and Cameron plans on shooting all three films at once when production gets underway later this year in New Zealand.