By Mehdi Khomein Abadi, Air Herald
Shooting for Avatar 2, the sequel to James Cameron’s world wide box office smash, begins in 2015, and new casting call information reveals the inclusion of Native Americans in supporting roles. Filming will be split between Manhattan Beach, California, and a location in New Zealand.
The film is currently set for a December 2016 premiere in the United States.
A direct sequel to the first film Avatar 2 it’s believed the plot will follow Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) who uses the technology to transfer his consciousness in to the body of his Na’vi, so he can live a fresh life with princess Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Something tells us this won’t go smoothly however.
Also reprising their roles are Sigourney Weaver as “Dr. Grace Augustine”, Stephen Lang as “Colonel Miles Quaritch,” and Joely Richardson is rumored to be newly joining the cast.
Although the status of the idea is unknown, James Cameron has stated that he wants to film Avatar 2 at a higher frame rate that usually used, and possibly as high as 60fps, something usually reserved for video games. Since most theaters don’t run at this rate it may only be reserved for special circumstances or the future when higher frame rates might become the standard.
Cameron has also expressed interest in filming some scenes at the deepest location on earth accessible by humans, the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. Though again the status of this is not clear.
Cameron who wrote, will direct and produce the film has his work cut out over the next few years as he’s agreed to two more Avatar movies, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4. Judging from the fact that the first Avatar was one of the highest grossing films of all time, continuing the franchise makes sense.