The new cast members of the upcoming Avatar sequels got acquainted with the world of Pandora during a recent visit to Walt Disney World. The visit was organized by AVATAR filmmaker James Cameron and film producer Jon Landau to familiarize the seven young actors with the world their film characters will inhabit and to inspire their performances.
“It was important to bring the newest members of the cast to Pandora to help them prepare for their roles in the film,” said Landau. “Typically, actors are introduced to a film through digital imagery and virtual sets. Our walk-through delivered on-the-ground sights, sounds and experiences that brought to life for the cast this wondrous world.”
The seven newcomers range in age from 7 to 17 years old and include: Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).
Bass, who will play Tsireya, the young Neytiri of the ocean, reflected on the visit to Pandora.
“I am touching everything because I need to remember how it feels on my hands, how everything smells, how everything looks,” she said. “I took a bunch of photos just so I can look back and see what I went through. I am going to bring that back so I can portray my character and understand how she witnesses her world.”
“This is really the collaboration of two master storytellers, Disney and LEI,” Landau said. “Story is at the heart of Pandora the land and Pandora from the movie franchise.”
The four AVATAR sequels will be filmed concurrently. Twentieth Century Fox will release the first sequel in theaters nationwide on Dec. 18, 2020.