Jake Sully will soon be replaced by his own son. In a recent interview on Soundtracking With Edith Bowman, James Cameron revealed that his Avatar franchise will have a different narrator for each of the remaining three sequels. Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, was the narrator in Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water. Jake’s son Lo’ak (played by Britain Dalton via motion capture) will serve as the narrator for the upcoming and yet untitled Avatar 3, which is now in post-production.
“I’m going to take a moment, when the dust clears, to assess what people have loved and reacted to most in this current version, and then I can go back and tinker a little.” [with ‘Avatar 3’]’ Cameron said. “Maybe we’ll go back and do a few moments here and there. It won’t be radical, but maybe refine it a bit to emphasize what people are responding to.”
“For example, Lo’ak really grew into a character that people became friends with,” Cameron continued. “So I might find ways… he’s already the narrator. I’m giving something away here, but that’s OK. I think it could be fascinating for people to think about what’s coming. Jake was our voiceover narrator for film one and film two, and we have a different narrator for each of the following films. We see it through the eyes of another character. Movie three is through Lo’ak’s eyes.”
Get ready to see a lot more of Lo’ak in Avatar 3. The character is the middle child of Jake (Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), and he’s quite a hot-blooded mind struggling to live up to the reputation of his older brother, Neteyam (Jamie Flatters). In the next film, Lo’ak is now the eldest Sully child after Neteyam’s death. He may also develop a relationship with Tsireya (Bailey Bass), whose seeds were hinted at in The Way of Water.
While more details about Avatar 3 remain under wraps, Cameron also revealed that there will be a new tribe of Fire Navi who won’t be so kind to Jake Sully and his family.
“There will be different cultures than what I’ve already shown,” Cameron told France’s 20 Minutes about the next sequel. “Fire is represented by the ‘ash people’. I want to show the Na’vi from a different angle because so far I’ve only shown their good sides.”
“In the early films there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples,” the director continued. “In ‘Avatar 3’ we do the opposite. We will also explore new worlds while continuing the story of the main characters. I can say that the last parts will be the best. The others were an introduction, a way to set the table before the food was served.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is now in theaters nationwide and is on track to surpass $2 billion at the global box office.