The Avatar sequels have been in the news for years, feeling like something "out there in the future," but now Avatar 2 is actually filming. Right now, James Cameron is behind a camera actually making another Avatar flick.
The sequel will pick up years later with Jake and Neytiri's children as well as other Na'vi children from a clan called the Metkayina. There's also one teen who was born at Hell's Gate. Producer Jon Landau says the kids are going to be a very important part of the story. As Landau told EW, “They represent the future generation of Pandora and play a very significant role — not just in this movie but throughout all the movies.”
From the sound of it, that means Laudau, James Cameron, and Fox are all making a Harry Potter-like commitment with these films, which gives you some idea of the timeline going forward. After all, kids only age at a certain rate and films are set to film concurrently. Of course, that investment paid off for the Harry Potter franchise as well as the X-Men franchise when they invested in their younger generation. With young actors ranging in ages up through the teens, storylines and relationships also have a chance to bring in the kinds of young adult element that made The Hunger Games and Divergent so popular. That's a lot of possibilities. In the end, it all depends on the story and execution.
It certainly looks like they chose a cast with a diversity that gives younger movie fans all sorts of people to relate to.
Meet the next generation of Avatar.
The Sully Family is made up of Neteyam (Jamie Flatters) the first born son, Lo'ak (Britain Dalton) the middle child, and Tuktirey (Trinity Bliss), the youngest.
Tsireya (Bailey Bass), described as the young Neytiri of the ocean and part of the Metkayina, Aonung (Filip Geljo) hunter/free-diver son the Olo'eyktan of Metkayina, and Rotxo (Duane Evans) hunter/free-diver of the Metkayina.
Rounding that out is Jack Champion, who will play Javier "Spider" Socorro, a human born at Hell's Gate but much more at ease in the Pandoran rainforest.
It'll be interesting to see how all of these new characters will be woven into the story we already know and to see how Pandora has changed over the last 12 years when Avatar 2 hits theaters on December 18, 2020.