As far as Cliff Curtis goes, if you don't know him from Fear the Walking Dead, he also starred in the Oscar-winning drama The Piano, as well as Training Day and Once Were Warriors. Curtis is the first new actor to join the franchise since development began on the sequels in the wake of Avatar’s success, way back in 2010. The first film from 2009 was highly praised at the time for its advancements in technology (specifically 3D) and visual effects, and went on to become the highest-grossing move of all time. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver are all confirmed to be returning for the Avatar sequels, which were written by Cameron and a combination of Josh Friedman (Emerald City), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages). A one-stop shop for all things video games. Cliff Curtis will play a new lead character in all four of the upcoming Avatar sequels. Avatar/Twitter Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Zoë Saldana and Sam Worthington. Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis is a New Zealand-born actor. Given that the Avatar movies are shot entirely in a motion-capture volume it’s possible to shoot Curtis’ scenes in a block without worrying about the schedules of other actors, so there are a number of ways this could all play out. Follow Cooper on Twitter @MovieCooper. Release dates have been announced and then pushed back a number of times, and most recently 20th Century Fox set Avatar 2 and 3 for release in December 2020 and 2021, with Avatar 4 and 5 following in December 2024 and 2025. He graduated college in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Media & Public Communication, with a minor in Media Production. Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Cooper’s love for movies began by watching Toy Story and Lion King on repeat as a child, but it wasn't until The Avengers that he took an invested interest in movies and the filmmaking process, leading him to discover the world of film journalism. James Cameron has selected the first new cast member for the Avatar sequels, with Fear the Walking Dead's Cliff Curtis landing the lead. However, Fox recently announced new release dates for Avatar 2, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5. He also starred in Live Free or Die Hard, in addition to the much-maligned The Last Airbender, but it would be hard to hold that against him. Though, this will almost certainly give his career a pretty big boost, since the first Avatar remains the highest-grossing movie of all time and he will be in all four sequels. However, with Curtis being described as a new lead character, it is clear Tonowari is going to be a big part of whatever Cameron has concocted. What this means for Curtis’ future on Fear the Walking Dead is unclear. This indicates that Cameron will indeed be shooting these sequels in blocks and not necessarily all four at once, with production slated to begin early next year on Avatar 2 and 3, after which Cameron and the team will break to start post-production work on those two sequels before going back to shoot the final two films. Lucky for him, he has a pretty strong track record when it comes to delivering game-changing films that gross enormous amounts of money at the box office. "From the set of the sequels: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo!" The next four Avatar sequels find a new lead with Fear the Walking Dead's Cliff Curtis leading a new underwater clan of characters. Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has joined the cast for all four Avatar sequels in a new lead role. It is unclear, however, if Curtis's new character will be a friend or foe to the Omaticaya clan. James Cameron has been saying for years that a lot of Avatar 2, and presumably the other sequels, will be taking place underwater. Every Single Jason Kill in the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise Ranked, Here’s Every Aaron Sorkin Movie Ranked from Worst to Best, I Was Not Emotionally Prepared for ‘The West Wing’ Special on HBO Max, The Best Sequel of Every Horror Franchise, from ‘Scream’ to ‘Halloween’, ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Review: Aaron Sorkin Gets into the Messy Politics of…. When he isn’t writing about or watching new releases, Cooper is a fantasy football obsessive and looking to expand his Blu-Ray collection – because physical media is still king! COLLIDER participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COLLIDER gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. And the casting process is well under way in order to keep things on schedule. 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