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Sam Worthington Back For Avatar Sequels
Zoe Saldana also confirmed

15 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: 20th Century Fox

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This will come as a surprise to practically no-one, but James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have decided to make it official anyway: Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, the keystones of Avatar, are returning for the three sequels.

"Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor,” Cameron says in a statement. “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."

Worthington’s Jake, of course, was the wheelchair-wrangling former Marine who develops a deep connection with the Na’vi natives of the moon known as Pandora. Specifically, he fell for the fearless, beautiful huntress Neytiri, with the pair united to fight off the resource-hungry human forces that threatened the Na’vi way of life. By the end of the film (spoilers for the 3 of you who missed it) Jake had taken up permanent residence in his Avatar body and was happily settled down with Neytiri, having seen off the human aggressors.

Stephen Lang, who played the nasty Colonel Quaritch (and who, um, died in the first film), is also back. Cameron is working on the scripts for the three new films with writers Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno, with production set for New Zealand. The first sequel is due in December 2016, with the others following in 2017 and 2018.


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Why Wouldn't He?
Wasn't it OVIOUS that Sam Worthington would come back to Pandora? Avatar made 2 billion at the box office. Who WOULDN'T come back is the question? Oh, and James Cameron, as much as I like big blue, (Avatar) Please don't screw it up by bringing Lang back and hiring a bunch of unknown writers to help you! More

Posted by Darren47 at 17:38 on 19 January 2014 | Report This Post

Cameron must be kicking himself he cast worthington in the first one.
Given Sam worthingtons career has been poor at best since avatar, and he is in fact a very dull, wooden actor, James Cameron must be gutted he has to keep him in the movies after taking a gamble on a relative newcomer in the first avatar. More

Posted by mclane1 at 07:36 on 18 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Bay/Cameron...
L: wedgeski is essentially Bay with a bit more class and a bigger budget. All of his films have been about spectacle and not a lot else with the actors/story line/script coming a distant second (arguably Aliens and Abyss aside). Worthington is second in the 'shitty but pretty' class of actors (Orlando Bloom being 1st in line for that top honor).ameron has pushed modern cinema to new places almost every film he's made. Bay hasn't contributed anything at all to the art. Zero. Comparing More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:23 on 16 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Bay/Cameron...
is essentially Bay with a bit more class and a bigger budget. All of his films have been about spectacle and not a lot else with the actors/story line/script coming a distant second (arguably Aliens and Abyss aside). Worthington is second in the 'shitty but pretty' class of actors (Orlando Bloom being 1st in line for that top honor).ron has pushed modern cinema to new places almost every film he's made. Bay hasn't contributed anything at all to the art. Zero. Comparing the two is madness. More

Posted by wedgeski at 14:36 on 16 January 2014 | Report This Post

Bay/Cameron...
Cameron is essentially Bay with a bit more class and a bigger budget. All of his films have been about spectacle and not a lot else with the actors/story line/script coming a distant second (arguably Aliens and Abyss aside). Worthington is second in the 'shitty but pretty' class of actors (Orlando Bloom being 1st in line for that top honor). I'll go and see it though...but will probably drink before I go in (you'd be surprised how much better the first film is after seven pints of Peroni). More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:34 on 16 January 2014 | Report This Post

The least charismatic leading man currently working. More

Posted by Judge at 11:38 on 16 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Sam Worthington Back For Avatar Sequels
Love it or hate it or think it was ok, when all is said and done, Jimbo raises the bar over and over. Thats gotta be worth getting a little excited about. More

Posted by 7eke at 21:57 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Sam Worthington Back For Avatar Sequels
Does anyone still care? I mean it's getting on for 4 years at least right. Nobody talks about the movie anymore. More

Posted by rich at 21:22 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Sam who?
Hard to argue really. Same with Avatar itself being a video game, great technology and effects boundaries aside, it was just Aliens meets Ferngully...inferior to both as well n should go back to something more along the lines of that 1986 masterpiece, or let him do a futuristic style update on his Terminator movies. I mean, when you're comparing Sarah Connor, T-800s and all that great level of mythology, by comparison who gives a shit about more PG=13 Na'vi movies? we've already got the smurf More

Posted by cadz at 18:57 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Sam who?
Not a great surprise considering the trajectory his career has taken since Avatar. More

Posted by sanchia at 17:31 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Sam who?
L: 7eke L: MarDev Sam Worthington been quiet lately. Is it because he's a bad actor and has been shitty in everything he's been in? The first avatar was an embarrassing video game of a movie. The sequels can only be more if the same. I'm so disappointed that Cameron is devoting so much of his time to this shite. It's not like he needs the cash. it harsh, no one was trying to make The Girl With the Na'vi Tattoo. In terms of pioneering film making and visual spectacle, it del More

Posted by Artoo at 16:15 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

No brainer of a story
Let me guess...Cameron will be involved at some level and it will be set in the future. Sigh. More

Posted by coomi77 at 15:19 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

Fantastic experience at the cinema in 3d
Only time it's really worked properly in my opinion. Really can't be bothered to see another 3 though. More

Posted by chris wootton at 11:14 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Sam who?
L: MarDev Sam Worthington been quiet lately. Is it because he's a bad actor and has been shitty in everything he's been in? The first avatar was an embarrassing video game of a movie. The sequels can only be more if the same. I'm so disappointed that Cameron is devoting so much of his time to this shite. It's not like he needs the cash. it harsh, no one was trying to make The Girl With the Na'vi Tattoo. In terms of pioneering film making and visual spectacle, it delivered. I agree w More

Posted by 7eke at 10:13 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

Sam who?
Sam Worthington been quiet lately. Is it because he's a bad actor and has been shitty in everything he's been in? The first avatar was an embarrassing video game of a movie. The sequels can only be more if the same. I'm so disappointed that Cameron is devoting so much of his time to this shite. It's not like he needs the cash. More

Posted by MarDev at 08:10 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

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