James Cameron is quite busy at the moment. He just started production on his four Avatar sequels, which are being made in succession. Meanwhile, he also recently returned to the Terminator property, producing a secret sixth installment with Deadpool director Tim Miller at the helm. Of course, he’s had time to sit down and share info about both endeavors.
Here’s what we know:
Terminator 6 is a direct sequel to Terminator 2
We’ve already learned that Cameron’s involvement on the next Terminator helped lure Linda Hamilton back to the franchise for the first time in 26 years. Now we learn that everything else in those 26 years is being retconned. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, alongside Miller, he said this of the movie:
This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.
Sorry to fans of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator: Genisys! Of course, Genisys already did try to retcon the timeline, so nobody needs to be upset. The movies themselves will still be around. As for the next one, Cameron also discussed both Hamilton and Schwarzenegger returning:
Arnold just expected to come back. So that was easy. I approached Linda to see if she’d even be interested. And…I called her up, and I said: “Look, we could rest on our laurels. It’s ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here’s what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it’s done.” Because in my mind, it hasn’t been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in ’91.
And he revealed that Terminator 6 will be a hand-off sort of movie, like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and others, where new, younger actors will be introduced to carry on the franchise:
A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters. We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it. Somewhere across there, and I won’t say where, the baton gets passed, so to speak.
Avatar 2 introduces a new generation of Na’vi
Speaking of handing off the baton, The Avatar Sequels, as they’re apparently being officially called will be introducing some younger characters of their own. Cameron’s first follow-up to his 2009 Best Picture-nominated blockbuster will feature three offspring of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), three additional children characters who are part of the Metkayina Clan and then one human boy.
Here are the details and the names of the young actors playing each in bold:
THE SULLY FAMILY
Jamie Flatters: Neteyam (neh-tay’-ahm), Jake and Neytiri’s first born son.
Britain Dalton: Lo’ak (loh’ ahk), Jake and Neytiri’s second born son.
Trinity Bliss: Tuktirey: (took-tee’-ray), goes mostly by “Tuk” (rhymes with “nuke”). She is youngest of the Sully family.
OF THE METKAYINA CLAN
Bailey Bass: Tsireya (see-ray’-ah), aka “Reya.” She is a graceful and strong free-diver – the young Neytiri of the ocean.
Filip Geljo: Aonung (aw-nung’), a young male hunter/free-diver. Son of Olo’eyktan of Metkayina Clan.
Duane Evans Jr.: Rotxo (row’-txoh), a young male hunter/free-diver of the Metkayina.
FORMER HELL’S GATE ADOLESCENT
Jack Champion: Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at Hell’s Gate but prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.
Additionally, producer Jon Landau had this statement about the new cast members:
We never had this youthful element before, and that brings a different kind of energy to the film. They represent the future generation of Pandora and play a very significant role—not just in this movie but throughout all the movies…People respond [to Avatar] because of the movie’s characters, themes, and emotions—and we have all that again. When the cast read what Jim Cameron wrote, it hit them with even greater resonance than the first movie.
Here are some group photos of the new kids on the Pandora block via EW:
The Avatar Sequels → The Next Generation Cast First Look pic.twitter.com/TfTzjbliEr
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