Avatar 3′ Details Oona Chaplin’s Role; Later Sequels To Include Time Jump And Return To Earth

With Avatar: The Way of Water waddling through success at the global box office, the franchise is in prime position to dive into its next story. Avatar producer Jon Landau has divulged more details about Avatar 3 and its subsequent sequels, including the fire Na’vis, story’s time jumps, and the tribe’s plans to visit Earth.

Speaking to Empire magazine, the man elaborated on director James Cameron’s revelation about the more evil counterpart, otherwise known as the Ash People, which will be at the crux of the third installment.

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“There are good humans and there are bad humans,” he said. “It’s the same thing on the Na’vi side. Oftentimes, people don’t see themselves as bad. What is the root cause of how they evolve into what we perceive as bad? Maybe there are other factors there that we aren’t aware of.”

Leading the front is Varang, the chief of the “aggressive, volcanic race,” played by Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin. The granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin was previously announced as a cast member, but her role wasn’t specified then.

Landau went on to share that Avatar 4, which reportedly left executives speechless, will feature “a big time jump” in the first act that bleeds into the fifth film, where Earth serves as a partial setting. As per the producer, however, the Earth isn’t like the one we know, as it finds itself ruled by “over-population and a depletion of our natural resources that make life harder.”

These details come hot on the heels of The Way of Water‘s long-awaited arrival, 13 years after the original sci-fi epic released to critical acclaim. But the wait has done little to quell the hype, with the sequel surpassing US$2 billion globally and holding the current title for the fourth-highest grossing film of all-time, meaning that Avatar 3, 4, and 5 will all go forward.