Gerald Is The Avatar Villain

Matt Gerald (“S.W.A.T.,” “Terminator 3”) will play the lead villain in James Cameron’s epic 3D sci-fi actioneer “Avatar” reports Variety.

The story follows a wounded ex-marine (Sam Worthington), thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.

Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi and Stephen Lang also star. Shooting begins this month in New Zealand and Los Angeles for a release in May 2009.