There is a rumour flying around today that Arnold Schwarzenegger may be cast as a villain in Avatar 2. James Cameron is returning to direct the sequel, plus two more sequels after that, with the first sequel set to land in cinemas in December 2016.
The rumour came from Latino Review, who are well known for breaking exclusive stories that often turn out to be true, and sources have told the site that Schwarzenegger is indeed set to be cast as Avatar 2’s main villain. Arnie is said to be playing “a bad guy human general”, a character that will follow on from Stephen Lang’s excellent villain from the first film, Colonel Quaritch.
Nothing has been confirmed, but since Cameron and Schwarzenegger worked together on films like The Terminator, Terminator 2 and True Lies, it would make sense the pair working together again. However, this is simply a rumour for now, but I would love to see Arnie in Avatar 2 as the villain.
Here is what was said a short while ago when Avatar was confirmed to have three sequels:
The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Like the original film, Lightstorm will work with Joe Letteri and his team at WETA Digital to realize the worlds of the sequels.
Commented Cameron: “Building upon the world we created with AVATAR has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I’ve come to realize that AVATAR’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I’ve long admired - to join me in completing the films screenplays.”
Commented 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos: “We at the studio have no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of AVATAR. The growing breadth and scale of Jim Cameron’s plans for his magnificent fantasy worlds continue to amaze us all.”