It only took twenty years, but Kate Winslet and James Cameron are finally reteaming after steering TITANIC to awards attention and record-shattering box office. The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to head to Pandora with Cameron for his AVATAR sequels, according to Deadline.
“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”
No details are available yet on who this Ronal character is or how many of the four planned AVATAR sequels she’ll star in. In classic Cameron fashion, the director has been working on his follow-up films for years while technology could catch up to his vision. He ends up the butt of jokes a lot for the admittedly insane time investment he’s put into the universe, for a movie people have largely forgotten no less, but when was the last time Cameron’s immersive cimeatic visions and groundbreaking use of technology let you down? Never, that’s when. I’m willing to give the guy a big benefit of the doubt, even if he is doubling down on those dumb WONDER WOMAN comments.
At last, production for the AVATAR sequels finally kicked off on September 25 in Manhattan Beach, Ca. He’s currently shooting AVATAR 2 and 3 concurrently and plans to get 4 and 5 underway shortly thereafter. 21st Century Fox boss Lachlan Murdock recently claimed the AVATAR sequels will be the “the most expensive movies of all time,” with a reported budget of $250 million a piece for a $1 billion total investment. That must be some mighty spectacular technology.
Winslet will next be seen alongside Idris Elba in the dramatic thriller THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, which arrives in theaters this week, and Woody Allen‘s WONDER WHEEL, due on Amazon in December.
The first AVATAR sequel is scheduled to drop on December 18, 2020. The second sequel will follow on December 17, 2021, AVATAR 4 up next on December 20, 2024 and AVATAR 5 on December 19, 2025.