Joel David Moore Returns to Pandora in Avatar 2
Back in 2009, James Cameron stunned the world with Avatar and audiences have been waiting patiently for information on the sequels ever since. Now we can move one tiny step forward in the long and arduous trail with the news that Joel David Moore will be reprising his role as Dr. Norm Spellman.
The original film made almost $3 billion worldwide and broke ground on some incredibly innovative filming techniques. That trend will continue as director James Cameron has revealed they are perfecting an underwater motion capture procedure since the sequel will apparently take place underwater.
Cameron announced the scripts were finished in January and that production would start in August. He intends to shoot all the sequels concurrently. Also returning are Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, and Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine. It was also announced recently that Cliff Curtis of Fear the Walking Dead has been cast as the leader of the Metkayina, a Pandoran reef-dwelling tribe. The sequel will focus on the family that Sully and Neytiri have had.
As an actor, Moore has been seen in Bones as Dr. Colin Fisher and in the Amazon Original Budding Prospects based on the book by T.C. Boyle. He made his feature film directing debut with 2005’s excellent thriller Spiral, in which he also stars as a nebbish artist/office worker with a pretty major secret. He also directed Youth in Oregon which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and Killing Winston Jones which is slated to be released next year.
According to Deadline, Moore is currently shopping an hour-long series called Sunburn which he co-wrote and co-produced. It dramatizes the story of a real-life Florida marijuana smuggler and is said to be in the same vein as the action-comedies of the 1970s like Smokey and the Bandit, which honestly sounds like a lot of fun.
The Avatar sequels have already been pushed back from their original release dates. Avatar 2 is scheduled to hit the screens on December 20, 2020, with the rest following during the Christmas seasons of 2021, 2024, and 2025. Whether these dates pan out depends on Cameron and his insistence on details and advancing technology.