Back in November, James Cameron revealed that the cast of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 had wrapped filming, but it seems that the filmmaker was only referring to the performance capture aspects of the sci-fi sequels, as producer Jon Landau has revealed that live-action shooting is set to get underway in the spring.
“We have completed our principal capture on Avatar 2, 3, and part of 4.,” said Landau during a Q&A for the Cameron-scripted and produced Alita: Battle Angel. “We’re going to do our live-action filming in New Zealand in the spring of this year.”
Landau also went on to confirm that Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, The Sopranos) has joined the cast of the sequels and will portray the character of General Ardmore of the RDA.
“We just announced today that we’ve cast Edie Falco to play General Ardmore, who is the head of the RDA forces,” Landau continued. “In typical Jim [Cameron] fashion he finds this powerful woman to play what could be very easily a male role if people were just to read the script.”
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. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi and Sigourney Weaver all reprise their roles from the first film, while new additions to the cast include Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, Duane Evans Jr. and Edie Falco.