Deja vu? Possibly. You might recall a rumor in 2011 that said that Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor whose worldwide fame was assured after appearing in the 1984 hit The Terminator, was re-joining that film’s director, James Cameron, for his latest opus, the sequel to the number one film of all-time, Avatar. The rumors died off when progress on the sequels slowed down (and as Cameron’s ambitions expanded), but with it coming down to a do-or-die start date for the sequel trilogy if it wants to make its holiday 2015 release date, the rumor returns: Will Arnie play a role in Avatar 2?
Latino Review is saying that the answer to that question is yes. Schwarzenegger will join the cast as “a bad guy human general,” who presumably takes over for Stephen Lang’s character in part one as the man in charge of humanity’s pursuit of unobtanium on Pandora. This could be highly interesting development for both the film, and for Schwarzenegger, who hasn’t appeared in a Cameron film since 1994’s True Lies, and hasn’t played the villain in a movie since probably the first Terminator. Also interesting is that if Schwarzenegger does sign up for Avatar 2, it might make him unavailable for the Terminator sequel/reboot that also has a proposed 2015 release date.
If hired, Schwarzenegger will join the retuning cast of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. Currently, the scripts for the three Avatar sequels are being overseen by James Cameron and written by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages). Cameron is aiming to shoot the films back-to-back-to-back for holiday season 2015, 2016, and 2017 releases.
What do you Bastards think, want to see Schwarzenegger be bad in Avatar 2?