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Stephen Lang says that James Cameron's Avatar sequels will very much have "political parallels" to events in the real world. The original Avatar didn't exactly shy away from politics either, with its story about humans exploiting the alien moon Pandora and waging war against its native population, the Na'vi. Cameron's movie was also a monster hit at the box office that grossed a record-obliterating $2.79 billion in theaters around the globe, thanks to its then-cutting edge blend of CGI, motion-capture, and 3D filmmaking techniques.
It took nearly eight years to get underway, but production on Cameron's Avatar sequels (at the very least, Avatar 2 and 3) finally began last year and continues on even at the time of writing. Plot details for the films are still being kept mostly under wraps at this point, though it has been confirmed that the sequels will focus in no small amount on now fulltime-Na'vi Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), as well as Jake and Neytiri's still-young offspring. Cameron has further suggested that the Avatar sequels, like their predecessor, will dive into timely political issues - much like what Lang told us on the set of the film Mortal Engines.
Despite the character's apparent death in the first Avatar, Lang is reprising his role as the hard-edged, heavily-scarred Colonel Miles Quaritch in Cameron's upcoming sequels. While Lang is (naturally) staying tight-lipped about how, exactly, Quaritch returns from the dead, he hasn't refrained from hyping the Avatar sequels' underwater settings and bigger scope, among other things. He also had the following to say last year on the Mortal Engines set, when asked about the film's political overtones:
"It kind of goes with the territory that journalists will and should kind of find the - draw political parallels from anything. They certainly will with Avatar. There's no question about that. And I think with this one, you know, absolutely."