Male and female lead officially sign for sequels…

It has been confirmed that has 20th Century Fox has closed deals with Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana to reprise their performance-capture roles as the Na’vi Jake Sully and Neytiri for the next three instalments of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar.’

“Jake Sully is rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor,” said Cameron in a statement. “Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoë captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they¹ll be returning with us to Pandora.”

As reported back in October, Stephen Lang is back to reprise his role of the villainous Colonel Miles Quaritch.

Cameron will direct and produce the yet untitled sequels with Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau.

Screenwriters Josh Friedman (‘War of the Worlds’), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (‘Rise of the Planets of the Apes’), and Shane Salerno (‘Savages’) will work with Cameron on the screenplays for the films.

The first follow-up is expected to hit our screens December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later.