Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon MOVIES: Avatar 2 - News Roundup *Updated 23rd July 2020*

SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

MOVIES: Avatar 2 - News Roundup *Updated 23rd July 2020*

Share on Reddit

Release Date Push by 1 Year

In addition to the global pandemic, theater closures and production shutdowns, the Burbank, CA made a slew of other calendar changes as well, more specifically, all Avatar and Star Wars movies have been pushed by a year, i.e. Avatar 2 (Dec. 17, 2021 is now Dec. 16, 2022), Avatar 3 (previously Dec. 22, 2023 is now Dec. 20, 2024), Avatar 4 (formerly Dec. 19, 2025 goes to Dec. 18, 2026), Avatar 5 (previously Dec. 27, 2027 goes to Dec. 22, 2028).

22nd May 2020 - Set Photo

7th May 2019 - Release Date Pushed

Originally, Avatar 2 was set to open on December 18, 2020, and it will now hit theaters on December 17, 2021. An Avatar pic will play the holiday period every other year thereafter all the way to December 17, 2027.


15th April 2019 - Michelle Yeoh Joins Sequels

28th March 2019 - Brendan Cowell Joins Sequels

Brendan Cowell, who appeared in the seventh season of HBO's Game of Thrones, has joined the franchise. Cowell will be playing Mick Scoresby, who captains a private-sector marine hunting vessel on the planet of Pandora.

6th February 2019 - Edie Falco Joins Sequels

13th November 2018 - Production Wrapped on All Avatar Sequels

13th October 2017 - Giovanni Ribisi Returning for 4 Sequels

EXCLUSIVE: Giovanni Ribisi is set for all four of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels from 20th Century Fox. The actor will reprise his role as Parker Selfridge, the head administrator of RDA, from the 2009 film.

Production for the follow-ups officially began on September 25 in Manhattan Beach, CA. It is said to be the most expensive shoot of its kind, at an estimated collective budget expected to top $1 billion.


3rd October 2017 - Kate Winslet Joins Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Winslet and James Cameron have a little history. Two decades ago she starred in his global juggernaut Titanic, which was the top-grossing film of all time until Cameron’s Avatar came along in 2009. Now the two are reuniting for the first time since the Big Boat sailed: Winslet has signed on for a starring role in the ongoing Avatar adventure.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”


It is unclear how many of the four planned sequels to Cameron's 2009 film Winslet will appear in.

Cameron is currently filming Avatar 2 and 3 concurrently. He plans to shoot 4 and 5 to be simultaneously soon after.

27th September 2017 - First Look at the Young Cast

The young actors playing Sully’s family are revealed here for the first time, along with the children from another Na’vi clan, called the Metkayina, who dwell on giant oceanic atoll reefs under the rule of a leader named Tonowari (Cliff Curtis of Fear the Walking Dead).

Of course, in the above photo, you’ll have to use your imagination a bit to picture the cast in CG character as lanky blue cat-eyed Na’vi. That is, with one exception — Javier “Spider” Socorro (played by 12-year-old Jack Champion, who’s standing on the right in a blue shirt in the above photo). Spider is a human teenager born at the Hell’s Gate military complex, a crucial location in the first film.

According to producer Jon Landau, the kids of Avatar 2 represent the biggest focus shift from the original movie. “We never had this youthful element before, and that brings a different kind of energy to the film,” he says. “They represent the future generation of Pandora and play a very significant role — not just in this movie but throughout all the movies.”

7th August 2017 - Matt Gerald Returning

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Gerald has officially signed on to 20th Century Fox’s James Cameron Avatar sequels and will reprise his role as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet.


24th July 2017 - CCH Pounder Returning

CCH Pounder is set to return to the world of Avatar, signing on to reprise her role in the four sequels. Pounder played Omatikaya Clan spiritual leader Moat in the Na’vi world, which was attacked in the original movie. The plot of the four sequels coming in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025 are being kept under wraps but all the films will be set on the Na’vi’s planet of Pandora.


20th June 2017 - Production Begins in September; Oona Chaplin Joins Avatar Sequels

Ascending the stage during 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CineEurope this evening, Lightstorm Entertainment’s Jon Landau offered an update on the four upcoming Avatar sequels. Production on the James Cameron-directed pics, which will be standalones, but together form “an epic saga,” officially begins September 25 with performance capture, Landau told the assembled exhibitors in Barcelona.


Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin is heading to Pandora.

Though plot is being kept under wraps, Chaplin will play Varang, a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels. Cameron said that each of the four sequels will be able to stand alone, but will together create a saga.

31st May 2017 - Joel David Moore Returning for Avatar Sequels

EXCLUSIVE: Joel David Moore has officially signed on to reprise his role as scientist Norm Spellman in Fox’s upcoming Avatar sequels.


8th May 2017 - Cliff Curtis Joins Franchise in Lead Role

Deadline has confirmed that Fear the Walking Dead New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis is boarding all four of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels in a lead role. Curtis will play Tonowari, who is the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people clan (Cameron has said in interviews that the Avatar world in future installments will take place underwater).

Curtis joins returning cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver. Production begins at Wellington’s Stone Street Studios next year.


22nd April 2017 - New Release Date Announced

10th March 2017 - Film Won't Be Ready by Christmas 2018

“Well, 2018 is not happening,” Cameron told The Toronto Star, adding that a replacement date has not been set. The delay marks the third postponement of the the much-anticipated sequel, which initially was set for a December 2014 release.

“What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases,” Cameron said. “So, we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.” The last three films in the series were scheduled for 2020, 2022 and 2023 releases; Cameron did not say whether those films would now be delayed.


  • 22nd January 2016 - Film Delayed, Won't Be Ready For Christmas 2017
    “Avatar 2,” the first of three sequels to director James Cameron‘s 2009 3D sci-fi blockbuster, will not be ready in time for its planned Christmas 2017 release via Twentieth Century Fox.

    The studio on Thursday declined comment on the delay, which individuals with knowledge of the situation confirmed. There is no new release date set for the movie, or word on the two other sequels, which Fox had planned to release in the same holiday corridor in 2018 and 2019.

    It’s the second delay for “Avatar 2,” which Fox had originally planned to release by Christmas of this year. Cameron intends to shoot all three films in the trilogy at the same time in New Zealand, with Cameron and Jon Landau producing through Lightstorm Entertainment. Soundstage construction and some computer animation work is in the early stages, but a start date for filming has not been set.


  • 24th December 2015 - Christmas 2017 Target Release Date
    James Cameron is back to talking about Avatar, and is sticking to his guns this time around. While the first sequel to the film, which doesn't have an official title yet, was originally planned for as many as three years ago, Cameron insists it'll be out next year.

    "Christmas of 2017 is the target [release date]. At least, that's what we've announced," he told the Montreal Gazette. It's not exactly a firm release date, then, as he cautions about it in literally his next sentence, and no production/distribution schedule has actually been set. In fact, the script isn't even written yet, let alone casting or other pre-production elements.

    "The writing is ongoing, but almost finished," Cameron said. There are elements that have moved along a bit further, though. "We have design more or less finished. All the creatures and the landscapes, and the worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure."


  • 24th June 2015 - Composer Killed In Plane Crash
    In light of James Horner's passing on Monday, ET is taking a look back at the Titanic composer's life and work, including the iconic love theme "My Heart Will Go On."

    Horner was reportedly committed to composing for the next three Avatar films.

    Cameron and producing partner Jon Landau released a joint statement honoring their colleague, saying, "James's music affected the heart because his heart was so big, it infused every cue with deep emotional resonance, whether soaring in majesty through the floating mountains, or crying for the loss of nature's innocence under bulldozer treads."


  • 11th June 2015 - Films Delayed, Story Being Finalized
    Moviegoers will get a chance to revisit Pandora, it just will take a little while longer to get there. The sequel to “Avatar” was originally slated to come out in 2016, but director James Cameron said in January that it will now come out a year later than expected.

    “Jim Cameron has his own pace,” 20th Century Fox chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos said Thursday at the Gabelli & Company’s Movie & Entertainment Conference in New York City.


  • 12th April 2014 - Avatar 2, 3 and 4 Will Film Simultaneously in New Zealand
    In a Reddit AMA this morning, Avatar director James Cameron expounded on the franchise’s timetable in regards to the screenplays, writing, “The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks. There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience. I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there. The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”


  • 7th May 2012 - Avatar 2, 3 and 4 in Development
    "I've divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I've made two movies in 16 years, and I've done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm. So I'm not interested in developing anything.I'm in the "Avatar" business. Period. That's it. I'm making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them. I'm not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. And anything I can't say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I'm continuing.I've done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I'll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I'm doing one right now, which is on this, the DeepSea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition. So that'll be a film that'll get made this year and come out first quarter of next year."


Recent Movie Roundups

Sign Up for the SpoilerTV Newsletter where we talk all things TV!


SpoilerTV Available Ad-Free!

Support SpoilerTV is now available ad-free to for all subscribers. Thank you for considering becoming a SpoilerTV premmium member!
Latest News