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Stephen Lang returning as the villain for all three Avatar sequels

Oct. 22, 2013by:

James Cameron's AVATAR sequels did not have to look far to find an actor to play the villain. Stephen Lang, who played Colonel Miles Quaritch in the first film, will be returning as the same character for all three AVATAR sequels which begin production next year. Despite being killed at the end of AVATAR, Cameron will undoubtedly find a creative way to resurrect the character from the dead.

Lang appeared in an ambiguous role in the short-lived FOX series TERRA NOVA that was more than a little reminiscent of his AVATAR role. When it was rumored that Sigourney Weaver's character would probably return for AVATAR 2 it left the door open for others to follow suit. James Cameron explained how Lang will fit into the three sequel films:

Steven was so memorable in the first film, were privileged to have him back, Cameron said. Im not going to say exactly HOW were bringing him back, but its a science fiction story, after all. 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, whos also become a good friend.

Cameron has been hard at work developing new film technology to capture other elements of Pandora for the AVATAR sequels. He has tapped WAR OF THE WORLDS writer Josh Friedman to write one; RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver to write another; and SALINGER writer/director Shane Salerno for the third. In addition, a series of novels have been commissioned to flesh out the rest of this massive story.

While AVATAR had some script issues, it was still a fun movie to watch and the 3D was spectacular. Lang stole the film as he chewed the scenery like none other and will surely be the highlight of the next three films.

AVATAR 2 is slated for a December 2016 release with the third and fourth films coming each Christmas through 2018.

Extra Tidbit: Fifty bucks says Quaritch comes back as a Na'vi or a robot.
Source: Deadline

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11:39PM on 01/14/2014
LOL he is going to fall down dead but his hand will be touching the super tree root God and he will be reincarnated into an Navi body. Then he will become Jakes best bud and betray him at the worst possible moment. Calling it now, write it down, it will happen.
LOL he is going to fall down dead but his hand will be touching the super tree root God and he will be reincarnated into an Navi body. Then he will become Jakes best bud and betray him at the worst possible moment. Calling it now, write it down, it will happen.
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10:10PM on 10/24/2013
The first movie's plot was recycled so I'm not surprised the sequels will be full of recycled stuff.
The first movie's plot was recycled so I'm not surprised the sequels will be full of recycled stuff.
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10:34PM on 10/23/2013
Why? I like Lang, but get someone else. Why have the same villain? This already smells like repetition. Let me guess: they find a new resource on Pandora and want to go after it. Underwater, probably. Sigh, I enjoyed Avatar, but if Cameron is just cashing in on the films success, then I hope it fails. I do know Cameron is usually better than that, but all these sequels still seem like a stretch.
Why? I like Lang, but get someone else. Why have the same villain? This already smells like repetition. Let me guess: they find a new resource on Pandora and want to go after it. Underwater, probably. Sigh, I enjoyed Avatar, but if Cameron is just cashing in on the films success, then I hope it fails. I do know Cameron is usually better than that, but all these sequels still seem like a stretch.
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4:40PM on 10/23/2013

I don't mind him being back...

...As long as he won't be the bad guy. They should do the same thing the way it turned out for Arnold's role in T1 and T2. Having Stephen Lang again as the villain for Avatar sequels sounds tiresome. This was the case for The Matrix 2 and 3.
...As long as he won't be the bad guy. They should do the same thing the way it turned out for Arnold's role in T1 and T2. Having Stephen Lang again as the villain for Avatar sequels sounds tiresome. This was the case for The Matrix 2 and 3.
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2:06AM on 10/23/2013

something lang said

I remember someone asked Stephen if he would return to avatar and he said something like. "They have my blood."
I remember someone asked Stephen if he would return to avatar and he said something like. "They have my blood."
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9:51PM on 10/22/2013
I think it's a bit of a cheat to bring Quaritch back, because his death was such a triumphant moment and I guess there is room for different actors to fill those shoes. I wouldn't mind the resurrection of Grace Augustine, though.
I think it's a bit of a cheat to bring Quaritch back, because his death was such a triumphant moment and I guess there is room for different actors to fill those shoes. I wouldn't mind the resurrection of Grace Augustine, though.
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9:50PM on 10/22/2013

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You wrote, "Pocahontas came out 5 years AFTER Dances With Wolves." I'm not sure if you're aware, but the Pocahontas myth dates back many, many years beyond the Disney cartoon (I say myth, because the true story it is based upon is actually quite different than what most people think). Dances with Wolves and many other similar stories (The Last Samurai, etc.) use the Pocahontas legend as a basic blueprint. That was my point. I wasn't saying Dances with Wolves ripped off a Disney movie...
You wrote, "Pocahontas came out 5 years AFTER Dances With Wolves." I'm not sure if you're aware, but the Pocahontas myth dates back many, many years beyond the Disney cartoon (I say myth, because the true story it is based upon is actually quite different than what most people think). Dances with Wolves and many other similar stories (The Last Samurai, etc.) use the Pocahontas legend as a basic blueprint. That was my point. I wasn't saying Dances with Wolves ripped off a Disney movie... *facepalm*
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7:19PM on 10/22/2013
Something just occurred to me. What if the first sequel bombs?
Something just occurred to me. What if the first sequel bombs?
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9:16PM on 10/22/2013
There is no way a sequel to the biggest movie ever will bomb. Maybe it will be a critical failure, but certainly not a financial one. If the 2nd movie is weak, I can see 3 and 4 not doing great. But I wouldn't be surprised if the 2nd movie surpasses the first in terms of money.
There is no way a sequel to the biggest movie ever will bomb. Maybe it will be a critical failure, but certainly not a financial one. If the 2nd movie is weak, I can see 3 and 4 not doing great. But I wouldn't be surprised if the 2nd movie surpasses the first in terms of money.
9:51PM on 10/22/2013
There's just no way it will, especially overseas. Even if it falters domestically, it'll be huge around the world. And though it'll have trouble matching the first film's records given the slow demise of 3D over the past few years, it could still easily surpass a billion worldwide and then some.
There's just no way it will, especially overseas. Even if it falters domestically, it'll be huge around the world. And though it'll have trouble matching the first film's records given the slow demise of 3D over the past few years, it could still easily surpass a billion worldwide and then some.
6:55PM on 10/22/2013
I wonder if Lang will be more like an Agent Smith character (main villain for all the films), or more like a Captain Barbossa come back (I guess frenemy is a good way to describe it). Maybe Cameron will pull a Fast & Furious 6 and bring Michelle Rodriguez back as well.
Anyway, does anyone find it odd that the films all have different writers. Will these movies be a continuous story, or individual tales on Pandora?
I wonder if Lang will be more like an Agent Smith character (main villain for all the films), or more like a Captain Barbossa come back (I guess frenemy is a good way to describe it). Maybe Cameron will pull a Fast & Furious 6 and bring Michelle Rodriguez back as well.
Anyway, does anyone find it odd that the films all have different writers. Will these movies be a continuous story, or individual tales on Pandora?
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6:38PM on 10/22/2013
Considering that he and Weaver were the only good things about Avatar (I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry, but I just really thought that film was a snoozer), this is good news to me. He may have been one dimensional, but he was so entertainingly evil that I really enjoyed him.
Considering that he and Weaver were the only good things about Avatar (I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry, but I just really thought that film was a snoozer), this is good news to me. He may have been one dimensional, but he was so entertainingly evil that I really enjoyed him.
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6:12PM on 10/22/2013

Wow, when did it become cool to hate so much on Avatar?

Look, it wasn't the best or most original movie ever, but it wasn't trying to be. It was all about the scope of the storytelling for me, not the originality of it; you could just as easily criticize Dances with Wolves for being a Pocahontas rip-off. Cameron is a gifted filmmaker and knows how to tell a good story, and subtlety has never been his strong suit. Avatar felt like a good James Cameron movie, that's it. And Lang was a good villain - he was menacing and memorable, in my opinion, and
Look, it wasn't the best or most original movie ever, but it wasn't trying to be. It was all about the scope of the storytelling for me, not the originality of it; you could just as easily criticize Dances with Wolves for being a Pocahontas rip-off. Cameron is a gifted filmmaker and knows how to tell a good story, and subtlety has never been his strong suit. Avatar felt like a good James Cameron movie, that's it. And Lang was a good villain - he was menacing and memorable, in my opinion, and while I would have LOVED Arnold to take his place in the sequels (and would still love to see that happen), I'm not by any means upset about this news.
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6:37PM on 10/22/2013
Pocahontas came out 5 years AFTER Dances With Wolves.
Pocahontas came out 5 years AFTER Dances With Wolves.
7:13PM on 10/22/2013
Hate is a strong word. I felt let down by the movie. It's very beautiful to look at, with eye-popping effects that we hadn't really seen before. But that still doesn't defend the fact that the story was highly derivative AND it was way longer than it needed to be. I don't hate it as much as I just think the film is very overrated. While without it we wouldn't have movies like Life of Pi, I'll take a well-written movie any day over a good looking one.

Having said that, I admit to being a
Hate is a strong word. I felt let down by the movie. It's very beautiful to look at, with eye-popping effects that we hadn't really seen before. But that still doesn't defend the fact that the story was highly derivative AND it was way longer than it needed to be. I don't hate it as much as I just think the film is very overrated. While without it we wouldn't have movies like Life of Pi, I'll take a well-written movie any day over a good looking one.

Having said that, I admit to being a little curious what kind of ideas might play out in a sequel.
10:45AM on 10/23/2013
Since opening weekend....
Since opening weekend....
5:54PM on 10/22/2013

Who even remembers him?

I understand Cameron is trying to milk this franchise as much as possible, but come-on, you couldn't come up with a new villain? Since he's going to be a reoccurring character for all three sequels, I'm under the impression he'll return as some evolved creature that continues to wreck havoc but this time, he's a threat to both parties thus forcing the two sides to unite and fight this threat thus forcing the humans to realize the error of their ways leading to them all gathering in a circle and
I understand Cameron is trying to milk this franchise as much as possible, but come-on, you couldn't come up with a new villain? Since he's going to be a reoccurring character for all three sequels, I'm under the impression he'll return as some evolved creature that continues to wreck havoc but this time, he's a threat to both parties thus forcing the two sides to unite and fight this threat thus forcing the humans to realize the error of their ways leading to them all gathering in a circle and singing about their new found love.
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5:43PM on 10/22/2013

The rumors of arnold had me interested again

But this news put that interest into the ground, Lang did a fine job, but his story is over, i would love to see Arnold work with cameron again, or michael biehn, bill paxton, lance henriksen for that matter, he has a lot of golden oldies to choose from. The only thing that speaks for cameron is that the sequels he makes are better then the original.
But this news put that interest into the ground, Lang did a fine job, but his story is over, i would love to see Arnold work with cameron again, or michael biehn, bill paxton, lance henriksen for that matter, he has a lot of golden oldies to choose from. The only thing that speaks for cameron is that the sequels he makes are better then the original.
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5:23PM on 10/22/2013

So forgettable

This movie's plot was so forgettable even the fans and people defending it are like "the earth's spirit..what's that called or that guy...I can't remember his name". I saw this 2 or 3 times (once in theaters and on cable maybe once or twice) and I remember nothing from the plot...I couldn't even remember how Lang died or any of the generic nature rebirth bullshit. Drop this piece of shit and give us Battle Angel Alita while...or give Battle Angel Alita to another young, talented filmmaker
This movie's plot was so forgettable even the fans and people defending it are like "the earth's spirit..what's that called or that guy...I can't remember his name". I saw this 2 or 3 times (once in theaters and on cable maybe once or twice) and I remember nothing from the plot...I couldn't even remember how Lang died or any of the generic nature rebirth bullshit. Drop this piece of shit and give us Battle Angel Alita while...or give Battle Angel Alita to another young, talented filmmaker you fuck around on this preachy crap for the next decade...I can think of several that would probably do a better job than Cameron.
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5:16PM on 10/22/2013

Yeesh

What little interest I had in these films just went bye-bye.
No offense to Lang, who is a fine actor in his own right, it just sucks that Cameron's imagination has already topped out, and he hasn't even started filming yet. He just took an unoriginal story and, ironically, just made it more unoriginal without even trying. Double Yeesh.
What little interest I had in these films just went bye-bye.
No offense to Lang, who is a fine actor in his own right, it just sucks that Cameron's imagination has already topped out, and he hasn't even started filming yet. He just took an unoriginal story and, ironically, just made it more unoriginal without even trying. Double Yeesh.
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5:02PM on 10/22/2013
I love Lang, he was about the only thing entertaining about Avatar for me but even his character had cliche written all over him. I have an extreme dislike for Avatar, I really do not understand why there will be three more movies. I just did not see potential for engrossing stories. I was really hoping that Cameron would abandon sequels to Avatar and return to the days of Terminator and Aliens.
I love Lang, he was about the only thing entertaining about Avatar for me but even his character had cliche written all over him. I have an extreme dislike for Avatar, I really do not understand why there will be three more movies. I just did not see potential for engrossing stories. I was really hoping that Cameron would abandon sequels to Avatar and return to the days of Terminator and Aliens.
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4:53PM on 10/22/2013
Sounds like someone has the case of the Agent Smith. Gotta let your bad guys die so new ones can be made.
Sounds like someone has the case of the Agent Smith. Gotta let your bad guys die so new ones can be made.
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5:17PM on 10/22/2013
Dude, you couldn't have said it better! Nailed it.
Dude, you couldn't have said it better! Nailed it.
6:45PM on 10/22/2013
Good point. This is precisely why Nolan's TDK trilogy worked so well. No milking of villains except for Scarecrow in little cameos.
Good point. This is precisely why Nolan's TDK trilogy worked so well. No milking of villains except for Scarecrow in little cameos.
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4:52PM on 10/22/2013
I really tried to like avatar, but in the end I thought it was overrated as well. However, Stephen Lang was really the only thing that I liked about the movie. I rarely root for the villain but his presence was just awesome, I wanted to see him kill everything!
I really tried to like avatar, but in the end I thought it was overrated as well. However, Stephen Lang was really the only thing that I liked about the movie. I rarely root for the villain but his presence was just awesome, I wanted to see him kill everything!
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4:49PM on 10/22/2013
Whilst I remember enjoying the movie, I can't remember much of it (only seen it the once). I also read a short novel with my son (an adaptation of the movie - but it only goes up to the point of Sully passing the Navi tests). I don't recall how Lang was killed off (didn't he have an Alien 2 style fight with Sully or something?). Having read the book recently, I do recall that everything in Pandora is alive...so may be that's going to play in to it human scientists use that power to
Whilst I remember enjoying the movie, I can't remember much of it (only seen it the once). I also read a short novel with my son (an adaptation of the movie - but it only goes up to the point of Sully passing the Navi tests). I don't recall how Lang was killed off (didn't he have an Alien 2 style fight with Sully or something?). Having read the book recently, I do recall that everything in Pandora is alive...so may be that's going to play in to it human scientists use that power to resurrect him. That...or may be Lang also has a twin brother. Incidentally, doesn't Lang's Quaritch look like that guy from Tekken?
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4:26PM on 10/22/2013

Overrated

Avatar is definitely one of the most overrated movies in recent memory. Sure, it had fantastic visuals and good 3D for once, but that's it. The characters were bland, the story is just a rehash of countless things we've seen before, the dialogue was cheesy...the only reason it made so much money was because of higher 3D tickets and the fact that James Cameron had his name on it. You couldn't pay me to sit through 3 more sequels.
Avatar is definitely one of the most overrated movies in recent memory. Sure, it had fantastic visuals and good 3D for once, but that's it. The characters were bland, the story is just a rehash of countless things we've seen before, the dialogue was cheesy...the only reason it made so much money was because of higher 3D tickets and the fact that James Cameron had his name on it. You couldn't pay me to sit through 3 more sequels.
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4:50PM on 10/22/2013
Agreed. 100%
Agreed. 100%
4:17PM on 10/22/2013
The only great thing about Avatar were the special effects. So I hope Cameron brings something new and different to the table on these sequels.
The only great thing about Avatar were the special effects. So I hope Cameron brings something new and different to the table on these sequels.
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4:09PM on 10/22/2013

Jumping

to conclusions. He never said he was the villain. In fact, he said the character would evolve into something different. I guess he'll turn into an ally of sorts. If so, I really hope they use him to give the scenario more complexity than the Black& White of the first movie.
to conclusions. He never said he was the villain. In fact, he said the character would evolve into something different. I guess he'll turn into an ally of sorts. If so, I really hope they use him to give the scenario more complexity than the Black& White of the first movie.
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3:59PM on 10/22/2013
It's Cameron's world. We just live in it.
It's Cameron's world. We just live in it.
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4:04PM on 10/22/2013
Best response ever to explain Cameron haha
Best response ever to explain Cameron haha
3:47PM on 10/22/2013

"...but its a science fiction story, after all."

I'm sick of Cameron saying this time and time again. It undermines the story being told and the characters in the film. I can't argue with him that it's been done a lot, but it makes it seem like there's a back door for every action and consequence.
I'm sick of Cameron saying this time and time again. It undermines the story being told and the characters in the film. I can't argue with him that it's been done a lot, but it makes it seem like there's a back door for every action and consequence.
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3:29PM on 10/22/2013

I hope he comes back as...

Michael Biehn
Michael Biehn
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4:07PM on 10/22/2013
Damn you that was good
Damn you that was good
3:13PM on 10/22/2013
Avatar wasnt creative enough as it is, now they're resurrecting one of the only good things from Avatar to basically rehash the character. Im starting wonder if Cameron has any creativity left in the tank....That being said, wake me if they resurrect Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar wasnt creative enough as it is, now they're resurrecting one of the only good things from Avatar to basically rehash the character. Im starting wonder if Cameron has any creativity left in the tank....That being said, wake me if they resurrect Michelle Rodriguez
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3:12PM on 10/22/2013
I hope he comes back as Ike, from Tombstone.
I hope he comes back as Ike, from Tombstone.
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3:10PM on 10/22/2013

Hot garbage

As above.
As above.
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3:06PM on 10/22/2013
Are you sure he'll be back as a villain ?
Are you sure he'll be back as a villain ?
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3:06PM on 10/22/2013

yeah bring him back as a Na'vi

is he definitely the villain? love it when villains become heroes in the sequel!
is he definitely the villain? love it when villains become heroes in the sequel!
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6:40PM on 10/22/2013
yeah thatd be a pass
yeah thatd be a pass
2:54PM on 10/22/2013
My guess is somehow the spirit mother (I forget her name) took his soul, and he gets resurrected in some fashion or other (kind of like what they tried with Weaver's character in the first one). As much as I liked Lang in the first movie, and while he more than held his own against the big blue giants, does bringing him back actually move the story forward at all? Or is Pandora just a place where anything is possible and so nobody ever has to worry as long as foreign invaders aren't trying to
My guess is somehow the spirit mother (I forget her name) took his soul, and he gets resurrected in some fashion or other (kind of like what they tried with Weaver's character in the first one). As much as I liked Lang in the first movie, and while he more than held his own against the big blue giants, does bringing him back actually move the story forward at all? Or is Pandora just a place where anything is possible and so nobody ever has to worry as long as foreign invaders aren't trying to destroy the place?
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2:52PM on 10/22/2013
I don't know which part is worse, the fact the Commander Skeletor is coming back or the fact that there's gonna be four fuckin Avatar movies.
I don't know which part is worse, the fact the Commander Skeletor is coming back or the fact that there's gonna be four fuckin Avatar movies.
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3:14PM on 10/22/2013
Just think of how old and played out these comments will be by the time the first sequel arrives. Should have thrown Smurfs, Dances w/ Wolves & FernGully in there while you were at it . . .
Just think of how old and played out these comments will be by the time the first sequel arrives. Should have thrown Smurfs, Dances w/ Wolves & FernGully in there while you were at it . . .
2:48PM on 10/22/2013

cool

personally i think he'll begin to infect the world after he absorbed by aeya or what even the world deity thing was called.
personally i think he'll begin to infect the world after he absorbed by aeya or what even the world deity thing was called.
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2:46PM on 10/22/2013
I was hoping for some newness. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of his character or his acting in general.
I was hoping for some newness. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of his character or his acting in general.
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2:45PM on 10/22/2013
That's fine. I'm still not all that interested in one sequel. Let alone three of them.
That's fine. I'm still not all that interested in one sequel. Let alone three of them.
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3:16PM on 10/22/2013
Just think of how old and played out these comments will be by the time the first sequel arrives. Should have thrown Smurfs, Dances w/ Wolves & FernGully in there while you were at it . . .
Just think of how old and played out these comments will be by the time the first sequel arrives. Should have thrown Smurfs, Dances w/ Wolves & FernGully in there while you were at it . . .
4:20PM on 10/22/2013
@ Bigger Boat, cut-and-paste is an annoying form of response. Particularly when it doesn't make any sense in the context of the person you are responding to.
@ Bigger Boat, cut-and-paste is an annoying form of response. Particularly when it doesn't make any sense in the context of the person you are responding to.
5:36PM on 10/22/2013
In this case it was a perfectly suitable way to respond to any of the numerous people who enter a thread about Avatar sequels to say (yet again) that there shouldn't be Avatar sequels.
In this case it was a perfectly suitable way to respond to any of the numerous people who enter a thread about Avatar sequels to say (yet again) that there shouldn't be Avatar sequels.
2:35PM on 10/22/2013

Tidbit: My money is on a clone.

That being said, I'm thrilled that he's back no matter what. He was fucking badass.
That being said, I'm thrilled that he's back no matter what. He was fucking badass.
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4:54PM on 10/22/2013
I downvoted you for the first time in my history here, it didn't feel good :/. Reason being, it's just like Agent Smith, man! Filmmakers have to let their lead villain go so new one's can take their place and breathe new ideals into the mythology.
I downvoted you for the first time in my history here, it didn't feel good :/. Reason being, it's just like Agent Smith, man! Filmmakers have to let their lead villain go so new one's can take their place and breathe new ideals into the mythology.
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