The new, youthful cast of the upcoming “Avatar” sequels visited Pandora – the World of Avatar during a recent trip to Walt Disney World to seek inspiration for their new roles.
The trip to the Valley of Mo’ara was put together by film director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau, to help the seven young actors learn more about the world that their characters will inhabit in the films.
The actors were blown away by the level of detail in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land, and felt mystified by the floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and other Pandoran experiences.
“It was important to bring the newest members of the cast to Pandora to help them prepare for their roles in the film,” said Landau. “Typically, actors are introduced to a film through digital imagery and virtual sets. Our walk-through delivered on-the-ground sights, sounds and experiences that brought to life for the cast this wondrous world.”
Chosen from casting calls all around the world, this young cast will be the core of upcoming films in the “Avatar” saga to be released by Twentieth Century Fox.
The seven new cast members are between 7 and 17 years old, and include: Filip Geljo as Aonung of the Metkayina Clan, Bailey Bass as Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan, Duane Evans Jr. as Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan, Britain Dalton as Lo’ak of the Sully Family, Jamie Flatters as Neteyam of the Sully Family, Trinity Bliss as Tuktirey of the Sully Family, and Jack Champion as Javier “Spider” Socorro.
Bass, who will play Tsireya, the young Neytiri of the ocean, took a moment to sum up her experience in Pandora:
“I am touching everything because I need to remember how it feels on my hands, how everything smells, how everything looks,” she said. “I took a bunch of photos just so I can look back and see what I went through. I am going to bring that back so I can portray my characters and understand how she witnesses her world.”
During their visit, the cast got to travel through the bioluminescent rainforest to see the Na’vi Shaman of Songs on Na’vi River Journey, and flew on the back of a banshee on Flight of Passage.
Despite the physical world represented in Pandora – the World of Avatar being set a generation after the events of the “Avatar” films, the land embodies the film’s messages of preservation, conservation and exploration. The land itself is a partnership and collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering, James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, which all helps bring this world to life.
“This is really the collaboration of two master storytellers, Disney and LEI,” said Landau. “Story is at the heart of Pandora the land and Pandora from the movie franchise.”
There are currently four “Avatar” sequels in the works, and all four are set to be filmed concurrently. The first sequel will be released nationwide by Twentieth Century Fox on Dec. 18, 2020.
Check out some of our videos from Pandora – the World of Avatar below: