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David Oyelowo to voice Scar in Disney’s The Lion Guard

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Disney Junior has announced that David Oyelowo (Selma, Star Wars Rebels) has joined the cast of the animated series The Lion Guard for its second season, where he will lend his voice to the iconic role of Scar, the villainous younger brother to Mufasa. Scar will appear in the flames of a volcano after Simba and Nala’s young son, Kion, unwittingly summons him by using the Roar of the Elders in anger.

An additional slew of celebrity guest stars join the new season including Tony Award-winning actress Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) as Dhahabu, a charismatic golden zebra; Academy and Grammy Award-winning rapper, actor, producer and poet Common (Selma) as Kiburi, an arrogant crocodile; Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Kenge, a ferocious monitor lizard; Aj Mclean (Backstreet Boys) as Kuchimba, an adorable golden mole; Carla Hall (The Chew) as Mpishi, a “foodie” African harrier hawk; Christopher Jackson (Hamilton) as Shujaa, »

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The Avatar sequels have a start date for their huge shoot

23 June 2017 12:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jon Landau, who is set to produce all four of the forthcoming Avatar sequels, has announced a start date for shooting: September 25th of this year.

Landau was speaking at the huge CineEurope event in Barcelona earlier this week, where he went into a little more detail on the story of the next Avatar movies, all of which look to be set on Pandora. He spoke with Empire.

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family,” Landau said.

“Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

James Cameron is directed all four movies, while Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin will be amongst the impressive cast.

The Avatar sequels will take up your Decembers for the next few years starting on  December 18th 2020 when Avatar 2 will be released, and then December 17th 2021, December 20th 2024 and December 19th 2025.

We’ll bring you more as we get it.

The post The Avatar sequels have a start date for their huge shoot appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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Avatar Producer Confirms Official Start Date For Shooting The Sequels

22 June 2017 2:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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The fact that Avatar has remained the highest grossing film in worldwide box office since its release in 2009 would indicate that the film has a vast number of fans – and those fans have been patiently waiting for news of long-discussed sequels ever since that first instalment arrived in theatres. But, this is a James Cameron endeavour, and he’s a filmmaker that has always done things differently and broken new ground. Avatar is clearly no exception, as Cameron and his team announced that they would make not one, but four sequels – and that they would be filmed back-to-back.

20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment previously announced that concurrent pre-production on the Avatar sequels was underway in New Zealand, and now, producer Jon Landau has officially confirmed that shooting will commence on September 25th 2017. He didn’t stop there, however, and went on to give some insight into what we might expect from these four new films.

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

The announcement was made during the 20th Century Fox presentation at CineEurope – a gathering of exhibitors in Barcelona. During the session, Landau also presented a montage of designs depicting Pandora and its inhabitants, and shared the fact that Oona Chaplin (Game Of Thrones) has been added to the cast. Though the finer details of her character remain unclear for the time being, she’ll appear in all four of the sequels.

Chaplin joins cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, who are all returning from the original film. The Avatar sequels – written by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno – are set for release on December 18th, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19th, 2025, respectively. »

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Avatar 2 Production Start Date Finally Confirmed

22 June 2017 12:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With a new December 2020 release date in place, and cast members like Oona Chaplin recently coming aboard, the production start date for Avatar 2 has finally been revealed. Producer Jon Landau spoke at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona, Spain today, where he stated that principal photography will begin September 25, 2017. Pre-production has already been under way in New Zealand since April, when the franchise's Facebook page shared a photo of the immense team working with director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau. Here's what Jon Landau had to say in a statement about these sequels, and how they will connect to the original Avatar blockbuster.

"At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes. There's no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie's story will come to its own conclusion. However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world."

Jon Landau also confirmed at CineEurope, via Deadline, that the decision was made during development to set all of the Avatar sequels in the magical land of Pandora, stating that, "we always knew that Pandora was a place as diverse as Earth." The producer also touched upon how the sequels that James Cameron makes are often better than the original, which he thinks can be achieved with Avatar 2. Here's what the producer had to say below.

"(James Cameron) has done a couple of sequels before in his career and I would argue that those sequels have lived up to, if not exceeded, the original movies. That's what Jim has been working on for the last several years. Finally, we have the four scripts for the Avatar films ready."

Avatar stars Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quatrich), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine) and Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman) have signed on to reprise their roles, alongside new cast members Cliff Curtis (Tonowari) and Oona Chaplin (Varang). The Avatar sequels have been delayed countless times over the years, but now with a concrete production start in place, it seems the release date shuffling has finally ended. Avatar 2 will hit theaters December 18, 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20, 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025. Hopefully we'll have more casting news for Avatar 2 soon, now that a production start date has finally been set. »

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Production has begun on James Cameron's stand-alone Avatar sequels

22 June 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

On the evening of June 20th, during 20th Century Fox's presentation at CineEurope in Barcelona, Lightstorm Entertainment's Jon Landau shared some details as to the production of James Cameron's four upcoming Avatar sequels. As we've reported in the past, the Cameron-directed films will be stand-alone ventures, but will ultimately come together to form "an epic... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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‘Avatar’ Producer Reveals Official Start Date for Standalone Sequels

22 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I learned a long time ago to think twice before doubting James Cameron. When everyone in Hollywood thought he was in the midst of an over-budgeted disaster, Cameron delivered what became the highest grossing movie of all time. The fact that the previous sentence could be referring to either Titanic or Avatar and be equally accurate is absolutely nuts, and while I’ve made my fair share […]

The post ‘Avatar’ Producer Reveals Official Start Date for Standalone Sequels appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Avatar Sequels Start Date Revealed by Producer Jon Landau

22 June 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

"At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family"

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‘Game of Thrones’ Channels ‘Avatar’ With Season 7 Character Posters (Photo)

21 June 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” — and the final battle for the Iron Throne — less than a month away, HBO ramped up the hype Wednesday with a new trailer and a dozen character posters featuring the denizens of Westeros who have survived the bloodshed so far. But if the posters, complete with a half-face closeup and a frosty blue shade look familiar, there’s a reason: They look almost identical to the one-sheets for James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Sansa Stark in particular looks like she’s turned into a Na’vi: Then again, it’s not like movie posters haven’t used the same cliches. »

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Avatar sequels to officially begin production in September, story details revealed

21 June 2017 8:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like the sequels to James Cameron’s 2009 fantasy Avatar will finally begin production this September after seemingly endless setbacks. As reported by ScreenRant, Avatar producer Jon Landau recently spoke at 20th Century Fox’s panel at the CineEurope Film Expo in Barcelona, where he revealed that filming for the Avatar sequels will begin September 25, 2017.

The director shared his enthusiasm for the project, and had kind words for director James Cameron, stating that Cameron “has done a couple of sequels before in his career and I would argue that those sequels have lived up to, if not exceeded, the original movies.”

He’s certainly not wrong on that point: the phenomenal Aliens, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are widely considered to top their predecessors.

Landau also provided some story details for the sequels, and the themes present across the four films:

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

See Also: James Cameron isn’t concerned about the long gap between Avatar movies

Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, and Stephen Lang are all making a return to the franchise, with new additions Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) joining the fray.

Whether you loved, or hated the visually stunning 2009 film (and it really was stunning in 3D), It looks like we need to prepare ourselves for quite a lot of Avatar in a few years.

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Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin joins the Avatar sequels

21 June 2017 1:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James Cameron has just added another cast member to his  Avatar series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin, the granddaughter of the famous Charlie Chaplin, has been cast in all four of the upcoming sequels.

Chaplin will portray Varang, a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire length of the new films. Not much else is known about her or the plot, except that we will see more of Pandora’s oceanic tribes of the Na’vi in the films. Cameron has been working on new technology to film underwater, and though all four of the new Avatar‘s will connect with each other, he intends for each one to stand alone as well.

Chaplin played Talisa Maegyr in Game of Thrones, Robb Stark’s wife in the early seasons of the show, and recently starred opposite Tom Hardy in the FX series Taboo. She joins returning stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Joel David Moore in the film. Another newcomer to the series is Fear the Walking Dead‘s Cliff Curtis, who will play the leader of one of the ocean tribes.

Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025. »

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Avatar Sequels Officially Begin Production in September

20 June 2017 10:49 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron's 2009 box office hit Avatar reportedly sets its official start of production this September. »

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Avatar 2 Gets Game of Thrones Star Oona Chaplin

20 June 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

During 20th Century Fox's CineEurope presentation in Barcelona, Spain today, producer Jon Landau announced that a new cast member has been added to all of the highly-anticipated Avatar sequels. The producer revealed that Oona Chaplin, perhaps best known for playing Talissa Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones, has come aboard to play a very important character named Varang. While no specific details about Varang were given, she will appear in all four sequels.

Variety reports that Varang was described by Jon Landau as, "a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels." She joins another new character who has recently been confirmed, Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, a reef clan from Pandora. It hasn't been confirmed if there is any connection between Varang or Tonowari, but it's possible that they could be part of this same reef clan. Director James Cameron »

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Oona Chaplin joins the cast of James Cameron's Avatar sequels

20 June 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Pretty much everyone who survived the events of Avatar, as well as some who didn't, are expected to return for the whopping four sequels to the James Cameron epic, but there are still plenty of new characters to be cast. During CineEurope in Barcelona it was announced that Oona Chaplin (yes, Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter) will be heading to Pandora. Plot details of the Avatar sequels are... Read More »

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‘Avatar’ Sequels Update: Production “Officially” Begins In September On Saga’s Stand-Alones – CineEurope

20 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ascending the stage during 20th Century Fox's presentation at CineEurope this evening, Lightstorm Entertainment's Jon Landau offered an update on the four upcoming Avatar sequels. Production on the James Cameron-directed pics, which will be stand-alones but together form “an epic saga,” officially begins September 25 with performance capture, Landau told the assembled exhibitors in Barcelona. The production start date has been somewhat fluid, seeming to jockey over time… »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Joins ‘Avatar’ Sequels

20 June 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A former Game of Thrones actress has booked a ticket from Westeros to Pandora. Oona Chaplin, who played Robb Stark’s wife Talisa on the HBO fantasy series, will join Sam Worthington (remember him?), Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, and Cliff Curtis in James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels. Either that, or this is just the latest development […]

The post ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Joins ‘Avatar’ Sequels appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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‘Games of Thrones’ Star Oona Chaplin Joins James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels

20 June 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment have added “Game of Thrones” star Oona Chaplin in James Cameron’s four upcoming Avatar sequels.

Lightstorm president Jon Landau made the announcement during Fox’s CineEurope presentation on Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain.

Though the plot is being kept under wraps, Chaplin will play Varang, described as “a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels.”

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Chaplin’s past credits include TV series “Taboo,” “The Crimson Field,” and Talisa Maegyr in “Game of Thrones” as well as the Fox 2000 film, “The Longest Ride.” She is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.

In April, Cameron and Fox set the release dates for the four “Avatar” sequels, starting on Dec. 18, 2020, for “Avatar 2.”

Avatar 3” will open Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Avatar’: Fox Adds ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actress Oona Chaplin To Upcoming Sequels

20 June 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oona Chaplin, who played Robb Stark’s wife Talisa on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, has been added to the cast of Twentieth Century Fox/Lightstorm Entertainment’s upcoming Avatar sequels, from helm James Cameron. Chaplin joins Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Cliff Curtis, and Joel David Moore in the franchise, with the second installment slated to hit theaters December 18, 2020. Chaplin will play Varang, a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire… »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Oona Chaplin Joins ‘Avatar’ Sequels

20 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Game of Thrones” star Oona Chaplin has joined James Cameron’s “Avatar” films, 20th Century Fox announced on Tuesday. Plot details are scarce, but Chaplin will play Varang — a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels. The actress, granddaughter of silent film star Charlie Chaplin, recently starred in the TV series “Taboo,” “The Crimson Field” and the feature film “The Longest Ride.” Also Read: 'Avatar' Sequels Add 'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Cliff Curtis Chaplin is part of perhaps the most famous storyline on HBO’s juggernaut “Thrones,” the Red Wedding. »

- Matt Donnelly

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'Avatar' Sequels Add 'Game of Thrones' Actress Oona Chaplin

20 June 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin is heading to Pandora.

The actress will star in James Cameron and 20th Century Fox's four Avatar sequels, it was announced during CineEurope in Barcelona.

Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington are returning for the sequels, which will beginning hitting theaters in 2020.

Though plot is being kept under wraps, Chaplin will play Varang, a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels. Cameron said that each of the four sequels will be able to stand alone, but will together create a saga.

Avatar 2 will open Dec. »

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Zoe Saldana, Tony Revolori to be Honored at 2017 Nalip Latino Media Awards

19 June 2017 7:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Zoe Saldana and Tony Revolori will be honored at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Latino Media Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on June 24.

Saldana (“Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Film Award and Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) will receive the Lupe Award for expanding the types of roles made available to Latino actors. Other honorees at this year’s event are Kate del Castillo, who will receive an award for her work in television, as well as Lele Pons. The evening will be hosted by Kristina Guerrero with a special performance by Jessica Brizuela.

The Latino Media Awards, honoring the industry’s leading Latino media makers, will take place during the Nalip Media Summit, which is running from June 22-25. Now in its 18th year, the summit focuses on the Latino media community, with speakers including co-head of drama for HBO Programming David Levine, “Jane The Virgin »

- Rebecca Rubin

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