The upcoming sequels to James Cameron's Avatar, which are set to start hitting theaters next year, have revealed another new addition to the cast: Michelle Yeoh, known to many fans as Captain Philippa Georgiou of Star Trek: Discovery.
Yeoh's character is a scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This role will add to her long and diverse acting career, which includes an appearance in 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and a starring role in the highly lauded 2000 martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She also appeared in the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians and will be starring in a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery focusing on her own character.
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“Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters," said Cameron in a statement. "I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels."
The original Avatar, which was released in 2009, is the highest-grossing movie in history. Four sequels are planned, with the first two currently in production.
Written and directed by James Cameron, Avatar 2 stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Edie Falco, Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. The film is slated to release on December 18, 2020. Avatar 3 is expected to follow on December 17, 2021.