While promoting Alita: Battle Angel at a Collider Q&A, producer Jon Landu revealed some new information concerning the production of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Reaffirming they’ve completed “principal capture” on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, something previously revealed to IMDB last year.
The new tidbits include that even some motion capture of Avatar 4 was shot too, debunking previous chatter that the merger could see the fate of Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 more questionable even though Disney already has invested in Avatarland.
Also, live-action sequences would begin filming this spring in New Zealand.
“We have completed our principal capture on Avatar 2, 3, and part of 4. We’re going to do our live-action filming in New Zealand in the spring of this year. We just announced today that we’ve cast Edie Falco to play General Ardmore, who is the head of the RDA forces. In typical Jim [Cameron] fashion he finds this powerful woman to play what could be very easily a male role if people were just to read the script.”
We assume that the filming of the live-action scenes will be taking place at Stone Street Studios in Wellington. The main stage location used for New Zealand productions that gives them easy access to the fantastic team at Weta Workshop, who are expected to be deeply involved yet again with these films.
The cast includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Salanda, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, and Oona Chaplin. There is an assumption that we’ll be hearing a lot more casting additions in the coming weeks/months.
Avatar 2 is set for release on December 18th, 2020, but it remains to be seen if Disney will keep that date after the merger or if they’ll be completed in time, we’ve seen the date change before.