A new photo from the set of James Cameron’s Avatar 2 has surfaced and it offers us our first look at Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) in the film. As you’ll see, she’s taking on the role of one of the human characters in the story that works for RDA, which stands for Resources Development Administration. This is the organization that traveled to Pandora to mine unobtanium, a rare mineral that was being shipped back to Earth, which is dealing with an energy crisis.
Here’s a behind the scenes still of Edie Falco as General Ardmore, the new head of RDA activity on Pandora. pic.twitter.com/USCULPvGfd
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Producer Jon Landau has talked about the upcoming sequel and what we can expect from it, teasing:
“This is the story of the Sully family and what one does to keep their family together. Jake and Neytiri have a family in this movie, they are forced to leave their home, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora, including spending quite a bit of time on the water, around the water, in the water.”
It’s also been explained that Avatar 2 is set several years after Avatar. “At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a standalone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”
Landau also previously opened up about the setting for the sequels, saying:
“As we’ve moved on with the sequels to Avatar we made a very conscious decision to stage the whole four sequels on Pandora. We don’t need to go to another world if we want water, we’re going to go to the oceans of Pandora.
”It’s a continuation of the same characters, but what happen when warriors that are willing to go on suicide charges, and leap off cliffs on to the back of big orange toruks, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story. Now the kids are the risk-takers and the change-makers. So, it’s interesting, but it makes sense to me. Everybody’s either a parent, or they had parents at the very least, and if you look at the big successful franchises now, they’re pretty much uninterested in that.”
It was also revealed that there are different clans of Na’vi all over Pandora:
“We’re going to go to totally different environments, we’re going to meet different cultures. Just like our planet is as diverse culturally as we are environmentally. We want to introduce people to different cultures. In the first movie, we only met the Omaticaya clan, and they are the clan here allowing us to come to the Valley of Mo’ara. But as we venture out we’re going to different environments and different clans.”
Cameron also previously explained that Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch will be the main villain throughout the sequels.
The Avatar sequels also star Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, and Matt Gerald. New cast members include Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin.
James Cameron’s Avatar 2 will be released in theaters on December 16th, 2022.