Worthington, Saldana Set For “Avatar” 2-4

In the least surprising casting news of the past few months, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are now officially confirmed to be reprising their roles in James Cameron’s upcoming three “Avatar” sequels at 20th Century Fox.

In an official statement, Cameron says: “Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora.”

The pair, whose characters will apparently have kids in the new films, join the also returning Stephen Lang as Colonel Quaritch. Cameron is currently working on the scripts for the three new films with writers Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno.

Production aims to begin later this year in New Zealand ahead of annual releases in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Source: 20th Century Fox