It has been announced that Stephen Lang will return in Avatar 2, which is odd since he died in the first film, or so we thought. Now we have been given a first-look at his return.
In the climactic battle of 2009s Avatar, Sam Worthington’s heroic human turned Na’vi Jake Sully & Zoe Saldana’s Pandora native Neytiri thought they had seen the last of Stephen Lang’s villainous Colonel Miles Quaritch when two sizeable arrows were burnt into his chest. However, MovieWeb reports that Stephen Lang is back in Avatar 2, aka Avatar: The Way of the Water, and this time he’s bluer.
Two arrows to the chest seemingly haven’t stopped Stephen Lang from returning for Avatar: The Way of the Water and his Miles Quaritch character now has a Na’vi upgrade. His villainy and eventual demise in 2009s Avatar was intertwined with his employment at the RDA (Resources Development Administration), led by Giovanni Ribisi’s Parker Selfridge. The RDA was harvesting Pandora for its natural minerals and Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch was at the heart of their military onslaught against the native Na’vi. Now, a decade on from the events of the original, the RDA is back and once again they’re using Avatars to transfer the human conscience into the alien bodies of the Na’vi, but this time with a twist. The Avatars have been redubbed as Recombinants, aka Recoms, a new form of Avatars with the memories of human soldiers built-in. Avatar 2 sees Stephen Lang’s Quaritch given the Recom treatment, thus explaining his apparent resurrection. The image of the reimagined character, courtesy of Empire, can be seen below.
“He’s bigger, he’s bluer, he’s pissed off,” those are the words of Stephen Lang regarding his Avatar 2 return and according to reports, his villain will be involved in all four Avatar sequels. In addition to this, he is not the only actor coming back from the dead to grace audiences’ cinema screens in Avatar: The Way of the Water. Sigourney Weaver, who previously appeared in Avatar as Dr. Grace Augustine is now returning for the sequel as Jack Sully and Neytiri’s Na’vi daughter Kiri, perhaps courtesy of the same Recom technology that has brought Stephen Lang back into the fold? As it stands, it is understood that Kiri is simply a near character, and it is just Sigourney Weaver back in the fold as an actor and not as Dr. Grace Augustine.
Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver join fellow returning Avatar cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi, and Joel David Moore and they will be joined by some exciting new additions such as Michelle Yeoh and Kate Winslet. Avatar holds the coveted title of highest-earning film of all time at the box office and the return of iconic characters for Avatar: The Way of the Water, plus exciting new cast editions will surely make the long-awaited sequel a coveted cinema spectacle. Empire report that a major part behind the decade-plus delay between Avatar and the first of four planned sequels was a stringent narrative planning James Cameron had in place, which was likened by the infamous director to writing the Lord of the Rings novels. Hopefully, Cameron’s planning, plus the excitingly reimagined Stephen Lang Avatar 2 villain, will help elevate the cinema sequel, arriving in Cinemas on December 16, to the heady success of its predecessor.