Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana back for three 'Avatar' sequels

Filmmaker James Cameron reveals why Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are perfect fit for films in the 'Avatar' franchise

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana back for three 'Avatar' sequels (© AP)

Los Angeles: Actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have finalized deals to reprise their characters for the next three 'Avatar' movies.

The trio of movies are being made back-to-back-to-back by filmmaker James Cameron, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Earlier, Stephen Lang, who played mad Marine Colonel Quaritch in the 2009 film, was signed on for all three new movies.

Jake Sully and Neytiri, the characters played by Worthington and Saldana, respectively will have kids in the forthcoming series.

"Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength.

"Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they'll be returning with us to Pandora," Cameron said.

The first sequel will hit theaters in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017 and the third a year later.

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