James Cameron is finally back after delivering audiences one of the biggest box office blockbusters in cinematic history with Avatar: The Way of Water crushing it and surpassing other massively successful films such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and most recently Avengers: Infinity War. Making this the third film from Cameron to cross $2 billion globally, quite the feat. Well, with the second film out of the way producer Jon Landau is already hyping up the sequels after previous teases from Cameron what the next three chapters will explore and what we can expect with new villains.
While speaking with Empire Magazine (via Variety) the producer confirms that actress Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones, Taboo) is set to play Varang, starting with Avatar 3. The character is said to be the leader of The Ash People, a group of Fire Na’vi that are expected to be more villainous than previous tribes on Pandora and being referred to as “an aggressive, volcanic race.”
“There are good humans and there are bad humans,” Landau told Empire. “It’s the same thing on the Na’vi side. Oftentimes, people don’t see themselves as bad. What is the root cause of how they evolve into what we perceive as bad? Maybe there are other factors there that we aren’t aware of.”
There have been some telegraphing that The Ash People could end up aligning themselves with RDA as they continue with their colonization plans to more humans onto Pandora in subsequent installments as Earth is dying. We’re equally curious if the new Recom version of Miles Quaritch might be the one who is sent in to potentially make that alliance with the Ash People, to help them thwart Jake Sully and other the Na’vi tribes that will need to be eliminated before the mass exodus of humanity to Pandora happens.
Disney/20th Century Studios have already etched-out a release date for Avatar 3 (potentially titled Avtar: The Seed Bearer) on December 20th, 2024 and likely means we’re a year away from a solid marketing campaign from the studio. However, given that the film was shot alongside Avatar: The Way of Water we could end up seeing images and footage a little earlier than expected.
SOURCE: EMPIRE MAGAZINE