Bummed that Stephen Lang didn’t get cast as Cable in Deadpool 2? Don’t worry because you’ll apparently be seeing a lot more of him in the coming years, if James Cameron has anything to say about it.
According to the Avatar director, Lang will be reprising his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in all four of his upcoming Avatar sequels (assuming they ever see the light of day, of course).
As quoted by Collider:
“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherf—er through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”
This is an interesting reveal, considering Lang’s character died at the end of 2009’s Avatar. However, it probably won’t be too much of a stretch to bring him back (I’m assuming it will have something to do with spirit trees or some other bit of the franchise’s mythology).
As for the sequels themselves, Cameron has said in the past that he plans to tell one big story across all four films, with each one having its own contained narrative. Apparently, he got this idea from none other than Peter Jackson:
“I said ‘It’s your fault I’m doing this, motherf—er!’ It’s one big story. But I would say a little bit different from The Lord Of The Rings, which you knew was a trilogy and that allowed you to accept a sort of truncated ending for movies one and two and then a fulfillment. This is a greater narrative broken up into four complete stories.”
Avatar 2 (or whatever Cameron eventually decides to call it) won’t be out until December 2020, so we still have a few years to speculate on how Lang’s character might return … and to wonder if any of the cast and crew will actually live long enough to make it to Avatar 5, which I can only assume won’t be out until at least 2045 based on Cameron’s track record.