Yes, yes, yes, he was killed off at the end of Avatar, but James Cameron has confirmed that the scene-chewing powerhouse known as Stephen Lang is back for all three Avatar sequels. Lang played the dastardly Colonel Miles Quaritch in the first film.
In a statement, director James Cameron 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.”
So, not only is Quaritch back… he’s apparently back for all three sequels! Quite impressive for an apparent dead man.
It was revealed last week, by star Sam Worthington, that the next three Avatar films will be shot back-to-back, starting roughly one year from now. Avatar 2 is looking at a December 2016 release, with Avatar 3 aiming for a December 2017 release, and Avatar 4 lining up a December 2018 release.
That’s quite the hefty schedule.