In a recent interview with EmpireMagazine on their 30th Anniversary podcast, writer-director James Cameron revealed that Captain America’s Chris Evans and Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum were almost cast in the Jake Sully role that ultimately went to virtual unknown Sam Worthington.

“Chris Evans, and Sam, and Channing Tatum. That was my choice,” he revealed. “I really liked Channing’s appeal. I liked Chris’ appeal. They were both great guys. But Sam had a quality of voice and a quality of intensity. Everybody did about the same on all the material through the script, except for the final speech where he stands up and says, ‘This is our land, ride now, go as fast as the wind can carry you.’ That whole thing. I would have followed him into battle. And I wouldn’t have followed the other guys. They’ve since gone onto fantastic careers and all that, but Sam was ready. He was ready.”

Cameron also briefly gave some new details on Avatar 2 including that Jake and Neytiri have an 8-year-old daughter in the film along with family tension being part of the film’s plot.

“There’s a three-page argument scene between Jake and Neytiri, a marital dispute, very, very critical to the storyline,” Cameron explains on the Avatar Podumentary. “I wound up shooting it all from the point of view of the eight-year-old hiding under the structure and peeking in […] Having gone through the experience with [Sam Worthington] on Avatar, I now knew how to write the Jake character going forward across the emotional rollercoaster of the next four movies. It’s been tough on him. He’s done two pictures back to back now because we did 2 and 3 together. He had to go to some dark places.”

Actress Trinity Bliss is likely playing this daughter as she is listed as “Tuktirey of the Sully Family”.

Not really much else is known about the film other than it will explore the oceans of Pandora along with the return of Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch.

Performance capture on the first two films is to be completed and pre-production on Avatar 4 is ramping-up with Sopranos actress Edie Falco recently joining the cast as RDA forces General Ardmore.

20th Century Fox has set the release date for Avatar 2 on December 18th, 2020.

SOURCE: EMPIRE MAGAZINE

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