Giovanni Ribisi is all set to return for each of the four upcoming Avatar sequels. Considering the massive success of the first Avatar film, it’s a bit surprising that the film’s sequel has long been stuck in development hell. Of course, that’s due to James Cameron’s ambitious plans for following up the first installment of the world-building franchise. Word broke earlier this year that four sequels are on the way, with each landing a release date over the next 8 years. And now that production is underway, we’re finally learning more about the films.
Estimate to cost a combined $1 billion, putting each film in line with Marvel’s and Lucasfilm’s biggest blockbusters, many of the core cast will be reprising their roles. Along with leads like Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Sam Worthington, we’ve heard over the past few months that CCH Pounder and Joel David Moore will be back. Even the villainous Quartich will be back with Stephen Lang’s character somehow returning from the dead. Now, we can add one more name to the list of actors reprising their roles from the first film.
Deadline is reporting that Giovanni Ribisi is set to return as Parker Selfridge in all 4 of the Avatar sequels. Though Ribisi’s role as an RDA administrator wasn’t a huge one, it’s likely the multiple sequels will see his part in the narrative fleshed out substantially.
There’s no word yet on what exactly the sequel will entail, but it should be interesting to see how the RDA and other humans play into the events given the rebellion from the first Avatar. Either way, Ribisi’s return is an exciting one, as he’s been impressing with recent projects like Amazon’s Sneaky Pete.
Given the scope of the Avatar sequels, the film won’t just feature familiar faces. A whole group of new actors have been added to the films over the past year. Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) have both come aboard, along with a new batch of child actors who will play Neytiri and Jake’s kids. Most excitingly, Kate Winslet will be re-teaming with Cameron for a role in the films.
With a massive production budget, a crop of new and returning actors, and plans for an expansive world unlike anything seen on film before, the Avatar sequels may just surpass the success of their predecessor.
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