Zoe Saldana has already finished filming her role in both Avatar 2 and 3, according to director James Cameron.
Cameron was speaking via a video linked presentation at the CineEurope event in Barcelona (via Deadline), and confirmed that the actress, most recently seen playing Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, is done with her performance capture scenes.
The director is now 130 days into filming, according to reports, and also threw in the impressive stat that Kate Winselt can hold her breath for seven minutes underwater.
Cameron was pictured in front of a huge water tank in the video, and added that the movie will visit ‘never before seen parts of Pandora’.
Pandora was the alien world that Cameron created for the first Avatar movie, released in 2009 to a near $3 billion worldwide box office.
He added that the early part of filming was already creating results ‘beyond even our expectations’.
Cameron is making the two massively ambitious sequels back to back, with some pretty sturdy logistics involved.
“One day I’ll be working on scenes from two, the next day I’ll be working on scenes from three,” he told io9 last month.
“And the actors come in and go, ‘Oh, we’re working on three today.’”
The movie finds Sam Worthington reprising his role as Jake Sully, the disabled former Marine who fell in love with Saldana’s alien Neytiri in the first movie.
Winslet is playing another alien character called Ronal of the reef-based Metkayina clan on Pandora, a role which has required her to learn how to free-dive.
Returning from the first movie will be Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine, Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch.
It’s due for release in December, 2020, with a further slated for 2021, 2024 and 2025.