Michelle Rodriguez Won’t Go Back To The Avatar Franchise For Good Reason

Michelle Rodriguez has said that she isn’t planning on returning to the Avatar franchise, and it’s for good reason.

When the first Avatar movie came out all those years ago, it was a truly magical experience. The epic sci-fi flick not only featured an all-star cast, but the graphics were like nothing any of us had ever seen before.

Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang, the first instalment of the franchise was a huge hit, and grossed an impressive $2.923 billion. In case you’re wondering, yes this figure does make it the highest-ever grossing movie.

Flash forward over ten years, and its sequel is finally here.

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?’”

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