Michelle Rodriguez has said that she isn’t planning on returning to the Avatar franchise, and it’s for good reason.
Released in UK cinemas in December, Avatar: The Way of Water has already made over $2 billion at the box office.
If you are totally new to the Avatarverse, and the world of Pandora, then let’s get you caught up. This is also a good time to mention that there will be spoilers up ahead, so tread wisely.
The first film ended with its hero, Jake, being transferred permanently into his avatar body (aka the big blue body), so that he can live on Pandora without dying, as humans can’t cope with the planet’s atmosphere.
This also has the bonus effect of meaning that Jake can live with the Na’vi, and more specifically, his love Neytiri for the rest of his life.
However, the movie does end in some deaths. One of these is Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Trudy Chacón, so some of you may be asking how on Earth is Rodriguez supposed to make a comeback to the franchise anyway?
Well, we have to realise that that’s never stopped James Cameron before – Sigourney Weaver’s character also dies, but the actress returns as the voice of Kiri.
Plus, Rodriguez has a habit of playing characters that seem to come back from the dead, such as her role as Rain Ocampo in Resident Evil.
Despite this, the star confirmed to Vanity Fair she does not plan on doing so for Avatar.
“Dude, when I saw Jim [Cameron] recently, he was like, ‘I was thinking, What if Michelle came back? A lot of the other characters came back [in The Way of Water],’” she said.
“I was like, ‘You can’t do that — I died as a martyr. Jim, I came back in Resident Evil, I wasn’t supposed to. I came back in Machete, I wasn’t supposed to. I came back with Letty, I wasn’t supposed to. We can’t do a fourth, that would be overkill!’”
She added: “I don’t understand, it’s so weird. I guess they don’t know what to do with the girl who doesn’t have a boyfriend. ‘She doesn’t have a boyfriend. Should we keep her alive, or kill her?’”