Ribisi Boards Cameron’s Avatar

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Giovanni Ribisi will star in James Cameron’s highly-anticipated 3-D feature Avatar, playing a passive-aggressive character named Selfridge in the Fox film about a band of humans pitted against a distant planet’s indigenous inhabitants.

He joins a cast that includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi and Stephen Lang.

The $190 million Avatar is set for release May 22, 2009, and features a blend of live-action photography and new virtual photorealistic production techniques invented by Cameron’s team. The film features six computer-generated actors known as “synthespians” and is in production in Los Angeles and next month starts production in New Zealand at Weta Digital.

Cameron is writing and directing as well as producing with Jon Landau and Lightstorm Entertainment.