Winslet will play a character named Ronal in the Avatar universe, though details of the character are being kept under wraps.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder and Matt Gerald are returning for the sequels, which have also added Oona Chaplin as a strong and vibrant character named Varang, and Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, a clan of reef people.
I’d heard that Cameron had been looking to cast a fierce, warrior-type, but it’s unclear whether that will turn out to be Winslet’s character or Chaplin’s — or both.
Avatar 2 is slated for release on Dec. 18, 2020, with additional installments due in December 2021, December 2024 and December 2025. The four sequels will cost approximately $1 billion dollars, so Fox and Cameron have a lot riding on these films, as does Disney World, which is now home to the Pandora: The World of Avatar. Production is currently under way in California.
Winslet is an Oscar winner who got her big break as the female lead in Titanic opposite James Cameron. That epic period piece won Best Picture and was the highest-grossing movie of all time… until Avatar stole its box office crown.
Winslet next stars opposite Idris Elba in The Mountain Between Us, which hits theaters this Friday. She is also receiving early awards buzz for her upcoming turn in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel. Winslet is represented by CAA and United Agents, and Deadline broke the news of her casting.
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