I personally view Avatar as one of Cameron’s weakest movies, even though it was a beautiful film (it’s Cameron). But one thing besides aesthetics I really did dig was Stephen Lang’s character, Miles Quaritch. Best part of the film, easily. It seems he’ll be returning, despite dying in the first, for another three Avatar movies. On the one hand, it would give a little hope for the franchise. On the other, I’d rather see Cameron do something else.
Anyway, Deadline has the story:
EXCLUSIVE: Even though Stephen Lang‘s Col. Miles Quaritch character seemed to have run his course in 20th Century Fox’s Avatar, director James Cameron has revealed that Lang is not only returning for the sequel, he’s going to be part of the next three blockbuster films. It sounds like he’s the closest thing to a mix between Star Wars’ Darth Vader and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character. “Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back,” Cameron said. “I’m not going to say exactly HOW we’re bringing him back, but it’s 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, who’s also become a good friend.”
Cameron has been working out brainy plot details since the beginning of his career — how many times has the time travel concept from the original Terminator film been swiped over the years — so I’ll bet he’s come up with something thrilling. As for Lang, he’s been turning in memorable performances since going back to the Michael Mann TV series Crime Story and in character roles in films like White Irish Drinkers. Good on Lang, who’s repped by Innovative.