Don’t Breathe actor Stephen Lang gets teary-eyed after reading Avatar sequel scripts; heaps praise on James Cameron
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Don’t Breathe actor Stephen Lang gets teary-eyed after reading Avatar sequel scripts; heaps praise on James Cameron

Avatar 2 is slated to go on floors on December 22, 2022, as is known to date.

Hia Datta
Aug 09, 2021
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Stephen Lang, the terrific actor who gave us sleepless nights with his pitch-perfect blood-curdling performance in Don’t Breathe, was taken to tears after reading the scripts of the Avatar sequels. For the uninitiated, Lang played the antagonist, the diabolical Quarich in the first film of the series, the 2009 James Cameron directorial Avatar. James Cameron, the renowned Titanic director who helms the Avatar franchise, told Empire that Lang will feature as the villain of every movie in all four sequels of the franchise. Now, with Lang’s recent revelation about the same to Collider, the news just got sealed. Lang’s reaction to the script firmly indicates that good sequels, possibly even better than the first film, are in the cards.

“When I finished the last script, I was weeping. I just thought it was so beautiful.” Lang told Collider. He shared how he felt that Cameron is telling an original, ‘beautiful and great' story. Lang said how Cameron’s craft of bringing the pages of the script onto the screen is ‘very literal’, which rather leads on to creating more than what transpires in the script.

James Cameron

Lang went on to extol Cameron’s directorial abilities and his knack for using technology to power the story. Describing the sequels as really being pushed on to make things bigger, better and pushing the envelope, Lang said that while working on a sequence, the shoot hit a problem about the scale, which ceased all proceedings for the moment. 

Lang stated that the problem was spotted for what it was by the ace director alone and the very next day, Cameron came up with a solution, saying, “I figured out the algorithm to do this.’ Lang also praised Cameron’s ability to crack a problem. ‘It’s pretty cool, pretty amazing.” He told Collider.


The mega-blockbuster sci-fi movie has been the talk of the tinsel town in Hollywood and movie buffs worldwide ever since it was released in 2009. To date, besides some behind-the-scenes from the set, nothing else has been revealed, and fans of the franchise are biding time with bated breaths for any update on the film, and the film, of course.

Avatar 2 is set to hit the theatres on December 22, 2021, as is known to date. Cameron revealed that the shooting of the film wrapped up in September last year and due to pandemic-related exigencies, the release date was revised.

Stephen Lang as Colonel Quarich, in a still from Avatar

The sequel will see the cast from the original movie reprise their roles, besides select new additions. Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri will be back on celluloid, taking the story forward from where it left off. Geovanni Ribisi, Matt Gerald, CC Pounder will be seen in their older parts too. Kate Winslet Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis and Vin Diesel have joined as the new cast.

Stephen Lang starrer Don’t Breathe 2 is set to release on September 13 and we can feel the chill running down our spine already. While his character Quarich was shown to die in the 2009 Avatar, fan theories suggest he might be back in the plot through some revelatory twist, as a clone. Well, that’s as far as the conjecture goes; all we know is it will be a great value addition for the franchise to have a perceptive actor like him onboard for every sequel.

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