Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington Locked in for Next Three "Avatar" Films

Posted Wednesday January 15, 2014 12:15 AM GMT

Locking in the leading stars for years to come, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will appear in the next three "Avatar" films.

Planning big things for the sequels, director James Cameron spoke about the main characters Jake and Neytiri.

Pleased to have both on board, he shared, "Jake Sully is rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoë captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they'll be returning with us to Pandora."

Though the first film was released back in 2009, the rest of the series will be shot back-to-back with the first one slated for a December 2016 release. The next two will be spaced out a year apart.

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