Lightstorm Entertainment is ready to begin filming “Avatar 2” on April 15, 2016. The casting team is now setting up auditions in New Zealand and Los Angeles for new lead roles, supporting roles, and day player speaking roles. Extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles will be registered and cast closer to the start of shooting in April. Filming will take place in New Zealand, with additional principal photography at Lightstorm Entertainment Studios in Manhattan Beach, CA. To be considered, all actors MUST have legal eligibility to work in the entertainment industry in New Zealand. Details below.
“Avatar 2” will be filmed back-to-back with “Avatar 3” and “Avatar 4”. Filming will continue (on Avatar 2) through December 15, 2016. “Avatar 2” will pick up after the events of the first film, when Jake Sully permanently transfers his consciousness to his Na’vi avatar and begins a new life with Princess Neytiri after they defeat the human colonizers. The story will see conflict between dominating nature and integrating with nature, and will explore themes regarding the human’s approach to nature and the Na’vi’s approach to nature.
Starring in “Avatar 2” is two-time Australian Film Institute AFI International Award winner Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, eight-time Black Reel Awards nominee Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, and Saturn Award winner Stephen Lang as Miles Quaritch. Three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver will also be appearing in “Avatar 2” in a new undisclosed role.
Three-time Academy Award winner James Cameron will direct from an original screenplay that he wrote with Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno, and Saturn Award nominees Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Cameron will also produce along with Academy Award winner Jon Landau under the banner of their production company Lightstorm Entertainment. The release date for “Avatar 2” has been pushed back due to the new announced “Star Wars: Episode VIII” release date of December 15, 2017 which would have been the same release date. “Avatar 2” will now hit theaters in 2018.
Note: In January, 2016 James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Santa Monica-based Lightstorm Entertainment purchased the proprietary performance-capture technology used in “Avatar”, the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy and “The Polar Express” from Atlanta-based Giant Studios, and are closing the location in Atlanta and will relocate the company’s resources and talents to the Lightstorm Entertanment complex in Los Angeles.
Avatar 2 Casting Information
All extras, stand-ins, photo-doubles, and actors are required to be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in New Zealand. The 2016 New Zealand Actors Resource Guide eBook contains the information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an extra or actor on film and television productions in New Zealand. All Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.
Principal Actor Casting Directors (speaking roles only):
The Casting Company
148A Park Road
Wellington, New Zealand 6022
Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents in Los Angeles and Wellington, New Zealand. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, I highly recommend that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.
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To Be Announced (check back for Avatar 2 extras casting and registration information).
Crew Members and Production Staff
Crew members, vendors, and production staff can submit resumes directly to the production company email address that will be posted here soon. Please check back.
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
1600 Rosecrans Avenue
Building 5A, Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Twentieth Century Fox
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
1st Assistant Director:
Maria Battle Campbell
Visual Effects Supervisor:
Sigourney Weaver (new role)
A sequel to the 2009 global phenomenon.