In 1997, James Cameron directed the highest-grossing movie of all time with Titanic. In 2009, he did it again with Avatar, and has seemingly spent every waking moment since then working on the latter's sequel, even as fan enthusiasm perhaps waned over the years — but we're actually getting excited, because Academy Award-winning Titanic star Kate Winslet is joining Avatar 2.
Winslet is playing a mysterious new character named Ronal. Although Cameron didn't release any details about the role, he told Deadline:
“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career. I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”
Winslet is best known for dramatic fare, not action, but she is no stranger to science-fiction, having starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (one of the best films of the '00s) and the Divergent movies.
This isn't the first time Cameron has recruited one of his former leads for a new project. Avatar featured Sigourney Weaver, who starred in Aliens; Michael Biehn appeared in The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss. Meanwhile, Cameron is producing the next Terminator film with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.
Avatar 2 is currently filming in California but doesn't hit theaters until 2020, with three more sequels scheduled through 2025 at a cost of more than $1 billion, because we're in late-stage capitalism so why not? Original Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver are returning. Winslet's other upcoming projects include survival film The Mountain Between Us (opening later this week) and Amazon's Woody Allen-directed Wonder Wheel.
And speaking of films with "Wonder W____" in the title, Cameron recently stepped into hot water by suggesting that Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman doesn't live up to the female action hero standards of his own films, so the pressure's on him to put his money where his mouth is — and with Kate Winslet on board, it's safe to say that Cameron will have no problem making that money. Again.
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