One of the most interesting bits of casting with the “Avatar” sequels is that of Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch returning, despite the villainous character’s apparent death at the end of the first film.
Lang’s performance was one of the most memorable of the first film, but when director James Cameron confirmed not only his return but that Quaritch would also serve as the main antagonist throughout all four upcoming films, it raised obvious questions.
Speaking with Coming Soon recently, Lang can’t go into any specifics about how or why his character returns but can say his character will go through a lot of changes over the films and be less one-note:
“I think he’s an incredibly fascinating character and he wouldn’t be back if Jim Cameron wasn’t fascinated in him as well and kind of bent on seeing where he goes. Where does that character lead him as a writer, as a director? And where does it lead me as an actor?
So, I think you can absolutely look for some areas of extreme growth in the character; and then probably areas of regression in the character as well, hopefully, over a period of four more films.
Of course, we need him to be very, very interesting, where, by the end you’ve taken a journey, or you’ve witnessed a character go on a life journey that was pretty interesting. You know, that you were glad that you could observe. So that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The quotes come as the re-release of the first film in China has seen the new run of the film already outgross the live-action “Mulan” in just ten days – snagging $44 million in China since March 9th to Mulan’s $41 million total.
The re-release is also not slowing down, falling just 33% in its second weekend and likely to pass the $66 million “Tenet” earned to become the top-grossing Hollywood film since the pandemic began.
It has also spurred talks of a potential re-release in other countries that could push the film’s total past the $3 billion worldwide gross mark.
Source: The Wrap