Get ready to meet the kids.Screenshot: 20th Century Photos
It took so long to get Avatar 2-and will continue to take us so long to get next year— that it makes sense that the sequel is about the first film’s protagonists, Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), being out of the picture long enough to have many children.
We’ve known for a long time…literally four years—that Avatar 2 will introduce the family the duo have made themselves in the 13 years since the original James Cameron sci-fi adventure. With Jake permanently na’vi-fied after the events of the original film, he and Neytiri will have three biological children: Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), and Tuktirey (Trinity Bliss). But as revealed today by Empire Magazine, they’ll also have a human adoptive son as Avatar 2 tries to explore the lingering racial divides between humanity and Na’vi after humanity arrived on Pandora and huge colonialist bastards in general left. .
When the first film was too young to be dumped back to Earth, young boy Miles, aka Spider (played by Jack Champion), was taken care of by Jake and Neytiri and raised as their own. Or rather, the former did, much to the chagrin of the latter. “Jake recorded him, but Neytiri always saw him as one of the people who destroyed her house and killed her father,” producer Jon Landau told Empire. “So you’ve got all this dynamic going on.”
Jack Champion as Miles Socorro. Image: 20th Century Pictures/Empire
“This time we take Jake and Neytiri and build the most universal theme around them. What is family. Jake is from the human world, Neytiri from the Na’vi world. So they’re like a modern mixed race couple, raising kids who might feel like they don’t belong to one world or the other.”
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So much has happened since Avatar briefly dominated pop culture when it was released, it’ll be interesting to see what the world will be like when the sequel finally comes out – especially in the general attitude towards people after at least a few of them have used their Avatar technology to forgo the human form and integrate into the Na’vi. Na’vi society would otherwise have accepted human transplants like Jake, but it’ll be interesting to see how it handles one of the few actual human remains left on Pandora at this point. Sounds like: not good!
Avatar 2 hits theaters in December 2022.
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