Like it or not, the 2009 epic-fantasy Avatar set the standards for technological advancements in filmmaking that has become the norm in this decade. Without Avatar there would be no Alita: Battle Angel and so on.
Now, Malaysian-born actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh has been cast in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. According to the franchise’s social media channels, the former Miss Malaysia is set to play the role of scientist Dr Karina Mogue.
“Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” said Cameron.
Fresh off her taitai role in last year’s hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, Yeoh has been appearing in many major productions of lately including Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 as Aleta, and has inked a deal to star in her own spinoff series from Star Trek: Discovery.
According to The Jakarta Post, 2009 fantasy epic Avatar grossed US$2.8 billion (RM11.52 billion) worldwide. Avatar 2, the first of four follow-ups, is set to hit theatres on 18 December 2020. The following films will release on the same weekend over the next few years, with Avatar 3 releasing on 17 December 2021, Avatar 4 on 20 December 2024, and Avatar 5 on 19 December 2025.
For the meantime, she will be seen in upcoming British romcom Last Christmas alongside Emilia Clarke and fellow Crazy Rich Asian star, Henry Golding.
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