It is official guys, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington have been signed up for the next three Avatar movies.
Director James Cameron is making the sequels back-to-back-to-back, much like filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit fantasy series. The second Avatar movie will hit theaters in December 2016, with the third to follow in December 2017 and the fourth in December 2018.
“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,” Cameron said. “Zoë 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.”
Cameron will direct and produce the Avatar films alongside his producing partner Jon Landau. He hired a team of screenwriters—War of the Worlds’ Josh Friedman, Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Savages’ Shane Salerno—to pen the scripts for each movie.
Avatar is the highest-grossing film at the box office of all time. Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently began construction on a Pandora-themed attraction, which is tentatively scheduled to open in 2017.