It’s been eight years since James Cameron dropped his big, blue blockbuster. And now that the first of four “Avatar” sequels is officially in production, 20th Century Fox is ready to start revealing its new Na’vi cast. Meet the new alien cat clan that will star in Cameron’s long-awaited “Avatar” sequel.
For those who haven’t communed with the spirit of Eywa, the 2009 film takes place in the future on an alien planet named Pandora. In the film, Earthlings travel a great distance to mine Pandora of the precious metal “unobtanium.”
In order to communicate with the planet’s inhabitants — the giant feline-looking natives named the Na’vi — humans would transport their consciousness into “avatars” that mimicked the locals’ bodies, size and abilities.
Inside one of those avatars, human/main character Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) falls in love with the Na’vi Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Last we saw of Jake, his consciousness was mystically leaving his human form to be transferred into his new Na’vi body forever. True love!
Clearly things worked out for Jake and Neytiri, because the “Avatar 2” cast reveal is loaded with a new crop of Sully family members.
Plus there’s another clan of new aliens to get excited about.
Here’s the breakdown of each new Na’vi cast member (which includes name pronunciations and their family relations) from Wednesday’s official announcement:
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.
Trinity Bliss: Tuktirey (took-tee’-ray), goes by “Tuk” (rhymes with “nuke”). The youngest of the Sully family.
The Metkayina clan
Bailey Bass: Tsireya (see-ray’-ah), goes by “Reya.” She is a graceful and strong free-diver — the young Neytiri of the ocean.
Filip Geljo: Aonung (aw-nung’). Young male hunter/free-diver son of the Olo’eyktan of Metkayina Clan.
Duane Evans Jr.: Rotxo (row’-txoh). Young male hunter/free-diver of the Metkayina.
Obviously, you’ll have to use your imagination for the eventual character reveal, as the Na’vis are filmed using performance capture. However, there are a few more details we can glean from the press release.
For example, the importance of including “free-diver” in the character descriptions paired with the previous description of the Metkayina as “reef people” reinforces the long-held belief that much of the new “Avatar” movies will take place underwater.
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SOURCE: Refinery29, by Meredith Woerner