Stephen Lang The Star Of Avatar Said In 2010 That He Will Return For The Sequel
Stephen Lang has known he'd be reprising his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar: The Way of Water since 2010. In the new film, the character will be given an avatar.
Though many fans were startled to learn that Stephen Lang will be returning for Avatar: The Way of Water, the actor has known he'd be returning to Pandora since 2010. "Early on, I knew there were plans to bring Quaritch back," Lang told Bleeding Cool recently.
"Director James Cameron told me that a long time ago following the original film's release, and he reiterated it in January 2010, saying, 'You're coming back.'" The actor revealed that he was surprised by just how extensive his role in the upcoming sequel turned out to be. "What I didn't know was the extent that I would be coming back. I didn't know that Quaritch would be as centrally enmeshed in events," he said. "I didn't know he would be either responding to events in such a significant way or that he would be responsible for events happening. He really is a key player in that. To say, 'I was unprepared,' I don't know. I was thrilled, absolutely delighted to be part of it."
Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the chief of security for the RDA's mining operation on Pandora who has little respect for the planet and its inhabitants, the native Na'vi. At the end of the first film, Quaritch clashed with Sam Worthington's Jake Sully and was presumed to have been slain by Zoe Saldana's Neytiri.
The RDA revives Quaritch in Avatar 2 by transplanting his consciousness into an avatar body, a type of soldier known as a Recombinant. "He's larger, bluer, and pissed off," Lang stated in July. "But there may be an element of humility; taking two Na'vi arrows in the chest is going to have an impact on you."
Despite his improvements, Quaritch's sense of duty and commitment to the human species, according to Lang, remains intact. "He was always the type of individual who traveled in straight lines and at right angles," he explained. "But now he is as lithe as they come, and he can move with the same sort of cunning and savage nature that any of the Na'vi can." Ahead of the long-awaited premiere of Avatar 2, Disney recently re-released a remastered version of the original film for a limited theatrical run. Some have questioned if the franchise is still relevant, yet Avatar managed to earn an additional $18 million domestically and $39 million internationally on its return to theaters.
Source: Bleeding Cool