Stephen Lang reveals how his avatar character is alive

Despite his character apparently dying in the original AvatarStephen Lang is set to return as Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar: The Way of Water. In a recent interview with empireLang revealed how it is possible.

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In the much anticipated Avatar sequel, Lang will play a “recom” version of himself, which stands for a recombinant. Essentially, according to Lang, his characters’ minds, emotions, and potentially Quaritch’s spirit have been downloaded into an autonomous avatar.

“He’s a genetically engineered autonomous avatar,” Lang said. “He’s been downloaded with the mind, the emotions, and more interestingly, possibly Quaritch’s spirit. It’s all pretty esoteric stuff. He comes with a full memory bank until the time he actually goes through the DNA transfer. So there are certain things , which he does not remember at all. He has no recollection of his death.”

While Lang’s Quaritch may now be housed inside an avatar, that doesn’t mean he’ll be nicer or more accepting of the people who stand in his way.

“It’s fair to say that, but I think it’s incomplete,” Lang said when asked if he was still the same old Quaritch. “If you think about it, in the original movie, Quaritch was really a feature. He was a colorful feature – a personality-filled feature, but he was really there to provide conflict. Now he still has that feature, but I also think that just because of the depth of what Jim explores here, he’s quite a bit more than that. We see parts of him that we haven’t seen before. It only makes sense because we don’t want to massage the same territory again and again. We have to go to new places, and indeed he does.”

The sequel is directed and co-written by James Cameron. It features the return of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver. Additional cast includes Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement and Oona Chaplin along with a board of young actors.

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“Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their children), the troubles that follow them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the struggles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies that they are subjected to.” says the official synopsis.

Three more films are planned, with Avatar 3 tentatively scheduled for 20 December 2024, Avatar 4 fixed for 18 December 2026, and Avatar 5 on 22 December 2028.

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