Despite his apparent demise in Avatar, Stephen Lang is confirmed to be reprising his role for James Cameron’s upcoming sequels, and now Cameron has revealed that he will in fact be the main villain in all four of the new movies.
“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters,” Cameron tells Empire. “There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherfucker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”
Meanwhile, another character back from the dead for the Avatar sequels will be Matt Gerald, with Deadline confirming that he will be reprising his role as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet. Gerald and Lang will join fellow Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder and Sigourney Weaver, while new additions to the cast include Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead).
Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025.