Kate Winslet broke a filming record during the production of Avatar 2, and her role should avoid an original movie problem. The film’s sequel has been in development for a considerable period, but Kate Winslet’s involvement surely reinvigorates some of the anticipation lost in a thirteen-year wait.
Producer Jon Landau has spoken on the added emphasis on character roles in Avatar 2. In conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Landau said “We are putting much more detail, first and foremost, into the performances of the cast, but we’re [also] putting much more detail and diversity into the world that we are creating.” It seems that, while the intricacies and details of Pandora will still be a primary focus for Avatar 2, the acting performances will be emphasized much more than in the original film. Beyond just setting records, it’s clear that Winslet will play a major part in redefining the Avatar series’ wider narrative and focus.
But, with audiences already acquainted with the atmosphere of Pandora, it is important for Avatar 2 to improve the use of its characters in threading through its storyline.
Alongside the addition of Winslet to the cast, among Avatar 2’s returning cast is Sigourney Weaver. Weaver played Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar. Either way, the inclusion of such an acclaimed actor can only improve the quality of performances in the sequel and aid the focus on a more character-led plot.
The depth of Avatar’s characters was a notably limiting factor to an otherwise widely appreciated movie.