Stephen Lang is going to return for all three Avatar sequels as Colonel Miles Quaritch, signifying a hard to deal with villain for the franchise. As depicted in the first movie, Miles is a rather one-dimensional character focused on doing whatever it takes in order to get the job done. The job of course being the harvesting of precious minerals off the world of Pandora against the will of its local inhabitants.
While in the first movie Miles saw to a ‘painful’ ending, the actor has been confirmed by director James Cameron to be returning to the series. Though he wouldn’t mention as to how exactly they would be bringing him back.
“I’m not going to say exactly HOW we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all,” said Cameron. “His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.”
It was recently reported that Cameron’s team is all set to begin production of all three sequels in next Fall. Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) has been tasked to write the first sequel; while Rick Jaffa (Rise Of Planet Of The Apes) and Amanda Silver are writing the second script; leaving Shane Salerno (Salinger) to draft the third script.
Similar to the Lords of the Rings Trilogy, Camera plans on filming all three sequels back-to-back. They are due to hit theaters between 2016 and 2018.