Jemaine Clement boards Avatar sequels as Pandora marine biologist
Jemaine Clement has been cast in the upcoming Avatar sequels. The franchise’s official Twitter account dropped the news this morning, saying that the Flight of the Conchords actor will play Dr. Garvin, a marine biologist stationed on Pandora.
Clement joins an impressive array of actors joining the Avatar franchise, including Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel and Oona Chaplin are also joining the sequels alongside a slate of young actors. Returning cast members include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver. Cameron recently explained that Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch is coming back for all four sequels and will be the main villain throughout the story. Filming officially started on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017.
After some shuffling of the schedule, Avatar 2 has been pushed back a full year from December 18, 2020 to December 17, 2021. Avatar 3 has been pushed back two years December 17, 2021 to December 22, 2023. Avatar 4 will open two years after that on December 19, 2025 (originally December 20, 2024) and Avatar 5 will drop on December 17, 2027 (originally December 19, 2025). Although Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will only be released with director James Cameron’s caveat that Avatar 2 and 3 are successful at the box office.
There are reasons to assume the sequels will do fine, as the first Avatar film remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with over $2.7 billion in box office grosses, though Avengers: Endgame, currently at number two, looks to be closing the gap.
Mostly known for comedy, Clement is currently serving as executive producer on the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, based on the 2014 film he made with Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi.