20th Century Fox announced today that former Oz and The Sopranos star Edie Falco is joining the Avatar sequels in the role of General Ardmore, the Commander in charge of the RDA’s (Resources Development Administration) interests. RDA is the company that had exclusive mining rights to Unobtanium on Pandora that led to the conflict with the Na’vi in the first film.
James Cameron commented on the casting, saying: “Edie Falco is one of the greats – I can’t wait to watch her kick some ass on the big screen.”
She’ll be joining the returning cast of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also on board. The young members of the Sully family are played by Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss, while the Metkayina Clan members are played by Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion is playing Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager, born at Hell’s Gate but who prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.
James Cameron started filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017. Avatar 2 is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021. Filming will then begin on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, which will be released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.
The first Avatar movie remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with $2.7 billion.
The Avatar sequels will be produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. The James Cameron-directed sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.