Michelle Yeoh is joining the cast of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequels as scientist Dr. Karina Mogue.
The official ‘Avatar’ Twitter account made the announcement:
? Casting announcement!
Michelle Yeoh has been cast in the Avatar sequels as scientist Dr. Karina Mogue.
— Avatar (@officialavatar) April 15, 2019
Yeoh broke out with her role in Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’ and reprised the role in the 2016 sequel ‘Sword of Destiny.’ Last year, she was in Jon M. Chu’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ as well as the ‘Ip Man’ spin-off ‘Master Z: Ip Man Legacy.’ Other roles include Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo,’ James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ and the CBS All Access series ‘Star Trek: Discovery.’ She will be leading her own ‘Star Trek’ spin-off series, reprising the same ‘Discovery’ role. This year, she has Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level,’ releasing August 16th, and Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas,’ releasing November 15th.
Moreover, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, and Sigourney Weaver are returning for the upcoming films. Newcomers Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Brendan Cowell, and Edie Falco have also come aboard. The screenplay of ‘Avatar 2’ is by Cameron, Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno. Cameron will direct all four films.
Live-action filming will take place this May in New Zealand.
Further, ‘Avatar 2’ will release on December 18, 2020. Additionally, the remaining three installments will be released on the same weekend. ‘Avatar 3’ is set for December 17, 2021. After a three-year break, if 2 and 3 succeed, the team will get to work on 4 and 5. If that happens, ‘Avatar 4’ will come out December 20, 2024. Then, ‘Avatar 5’ will be (hopefully) concluding the saga on December 19, 2025.