Can you believe Avatar was released in 2009? That was almost four years ago, and there’s still not a sequel to the highest grossing movie of all-time. Director James Cameron has been busy working on the screenplays for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and has even moved his family to New Zealand to be closer to Peter Jackson’s Weta Studios, where the films will be shot back-to-back. Although there are no official release dates for the Avatar sequels, one of its stars offered up a potential production start.
In an interview to promote J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Zoe Saldana spoke briefly about the long-awaited Avatar sequels. Saldana played the Na’vi warrior princess Neytiri in the original Avatar film, and she would be reprising the role for its subsequent sequels. Saldana says, “I think that they’re doing a part two and a part three and they’re probably going to shoot it at the same time…If we just do two and then wait, I’ll probably be 45 or 50 by the time we get to part three. It takes a long time, it’s a very hard process.”
Saldana later confirmed that the Avatar sequels will start shooting early 2014. Fox originally had Avatar 2 as a Christmas 2014 release, but because Cameron didn’t want to rush the film, it may come out as early as Christmas 2015 instead. The good news is that Avatar 2 and 3 will be made at the same time, so it seems like the long wait will be worth it.
Zoe Saldana will have a very busy year ahead of her. Aside from Avatar, Saldana will appear in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to play the sole female member of the cosmic team: Gamora, the deadliest woman in the galaxy, and the super-villain Thanos’ adopted daughter. After Star Trek Into Darkness, she will also appear in Star Trek 3, with a possible 2016 release date.