'Game of Thrones' Actress Oona Chaplin Joins All Four 'Avatar' Sequels

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 7:58PM
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 7:58PM
'Game of Thrones' Actress Oona Chaplin Joins All Four 'Avatar' Sequels
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Nobody really knows what to expect from James Cameron's four planned Avatar sequels.

It's been almost ten years since the original Avatar came out, but while it might seem presumptuous of Cameron to assume that people will happily sit through four more movies set in the same universe, the Terminator and Titanic director is still going ahead and making them all anyway. What's more, he's decided that Robb Stark's wife will play a key character in the events of the following movies.

Well, not the actual Robb Stark - although that crossover certainly would liven up the Avatar franchise. Instead it'll be actress Oona Chaplin, who played Talisa Stark in Game of Thrones before (spoiler alert) a certain wedding scene kicked her off the show. Chaplin - yes, she's Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter, and yes, that's exceptionally cool - will be playing a brand new character named "Varang," who'll have a major role in future movies.

This presumably means that Oona Chaplin's going to be suiting up in a ping-pong ball suit, alongside returning stars such as Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, even though her character died in the original film (whoops, spoiler alert again). It's worth assuming that Varang is a Pandoran Na'vi sounding name, rather than a futuristic Earth parent's idea of a good name for their baby.

It's very easy to be derisive of the Avatar sequels, not least because the original movie's biggest contribution to pop-culture was making 3D movies a thing, ensuring that moviegoers would be forced to endure splitting headaches to see flickering versions of new movies for years to come. The story from Avatar has had almost no cultural impact whatsoever, so returning to this particular universe for more stories seems like trying to get water from a dry well.

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But Cameron probably knows what he's doing - you don't make the two highest grossing movies in cinematic history by accident. Presumably, the acclaimed director has a plan, and casting Game of Thrones cast-offs is part of that genius strategy to liberate millions of dollars from wallets around the world.

After all, with movies like Valerian attempting to revitalize the colorful CGI space opera genre, and Guardians of the Galaxy giving Marvel a strong foothold from which to enter the fray in force as well, it seems that there's a rising tide of interest in this kind of movie. Cameron's insistence on producing four of these movies at once might have kept him from riding the top of the wave, but he's certainly not going to get left behind when so many other movies are essentially building up fan interest in this kind of thing.

It's probably worth assuming that, at the very least, these new Avatar movies will prove financially viable. Getting a Game of Thrones alum involved only helps to sell the appeal of watching star Sam Worthington make out with a blue cat alien. Avatar 2 will likely come out sometime in 2019 or 2020.
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