With it being announced that there would be three sequels to the highest grossing movie of all time shooting consecutively, creating the most ambitious film production since The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I wouldn't have guessed that something would already be rubbing me the wrong way. There have been hints in the past about Sigourney Weaver’s character making a return for the sequels, however I never would have pictured the same treatment to Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch.
The news came from director James Cameron’s own mouth who said:
Stephen was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back. I’m not going to say exactly HOW we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.
I’m aware with how Cameron has played with bringing back dead characters in the past i.e. Terminator 2, but this doesn't excite me much. I really enjoyed Lang’s performance as the villain of the first Avatar film and while I can see him as the T-800, or as some are calling him the “Darth Vader” of the series, I would like to see a different approach. I just hope it’s not time travel.