Michelle Yeoh has officially joined the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Yeoh’s character is a scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cameron confirmed the news in a statement, saying “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with [her] to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels”.
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.
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.