David Thewlis confirms he's in all Avatar sequels

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 February 2018
David Thewlis at The Mercy premiere

David Thewlis at The Mercy premiere

David Thewlis has revealed he has joined the cast of the upcoming 'Avatar' sequels but admitted he hasn't been allowed to read all of the scripts

David Thewlis has confirmed he is in the upcoming 'Avatar' sequels.

The 54-year-old actor - who is best known for playing Professor Lupin in the 'Harry Potter' franchise - has joined the cast of all of James Cameron's highly anticipated sequels, and revealed because of the secrecy surrounding the movies, he hasn't even been able to read all of the scripts.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz at the world premiere of his latest movie 'The Mercy' at Curzon Mayfair, in London, Thewlis said: "I'm doing the 'Avatar' sequels. I'm not allowed to say anything.

"I'm absolutely forbidden I haven't even read all of the scripts. It's so forbidden. I'm surprised I can tell you I'm doing it, I'm not sure."

Although Thewlis didn't confirm the name of his character, he revealed he is playing one of the blue Na'vi aliens who inhabit the planet of Pandora.

Thewlis will be working alongside a host of returning cast members, such as Zoe Saldana, 39, Sam Worthington, 41, and Sigourney Weaver, 68.

Kate Winslet - who first worked with Cameron on the hit 'Titanic' - is also on board the sequels as a character called Ronal.

And Cameron has spilled that Winslet, 42, has done a "couple of days of rehearsals" and confirmed she will be playing one of the Sea People in his sci-fi universe.

In November, Cameron said: "She does, and she's very excited about it. She blazed through for a couple of days of rehearsals and saw the world that we had created, and how we do the work, and she's very excited. She plays a character who's part of the Sea People, the reef people. The one thing she did do is demand that she do all her own water work. I said, 'Alright, that's fine, we'll have to teach you how to free dive.' The other actors are up to three-and four-minute breath holds. We've already been doing underwater capture. We did a scene with six teenagers, well, actually five teenagers and one seven-year-old underwater holding their breath for a couple minutes and acting, actually doing a dialogue scene under water because they speak kind of a sign language."

Cliff Curtis will also star in the movie as Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people clan, in the Cameron-directed movies - all of which are poised to take place under water.

Cameron revealed, the first movie will be released in 2020, followed by the other three in 20121, 2024 and 2025.

The first 'Avatar' film, released in 2009, still remains the highest grossing movie at the worldwide box office, raking in as much as $2.79 billion.

Avatar 2

  • 2021
  • US
  • Directed by: James Cameron
  • Cast: Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Cliff Curtis, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore
  • UK release: 17 December 2021

The first in a series of four planned sequels to the highest grossing film of all time. The oceans of alien planet Pandora are the setting for the continued romance between human Jake and alien being Neytiri.

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