CCH Pounder Returns for the Avatar Sequels

It’s been announced that actress CCH Pounder (NCIS: New Orleans, Sons of Anarchy) will be reprising her role as Moat, the Omatikaya Clan tsahik (spiritual leader) in the four upcoming Avatar sequels.

Pre-production on the four films has been underway in New Zealand since April, and shooting will officially begin on September 25 of this year. Avatar 2 and 3 will shoot simultaneously, with production on 4 and 5 falling shortly after.

Returning cast members also include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also joining the sequels. The Avatar sequels will be produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. The James Cameron-directed sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.

20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment recently announced new release dates for all four of the films via the official Avatar Facebook page, saying, “Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels. The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!”

Released in 2009, the first Avatar film remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with over $2.7 billion in box office gross. It was dethroned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the highest at the domestic box office, pushing past Avatar‘s $760 million with a total of $936 million.