Avatar 2 cast list, meet the stars of The Way of Water

Blue folk, assemble. From Sam Worthington to Sigourney Weaver, meet the stars of the new James Cameron movies, as we introduce you to the Avatar 2 cast.

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Who is in the Avatar 2 cast? In 2009, James Cameron released the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar. Now, over a decade later, fans finally got to see the long-awaited sequel Avatar 2 – titled Avatar: The Way of Water.

Avatar tells the story of the conflict between the human mining colony, the Resources Development Administration (RDA), and the local alien species known as Na’vi on the planet of Pandora. In one of the best science fiction movies, we saw a full-on battle, a forbidden romance, and a whole lot of alien ponytail action. But after more than a decade since the first of these James Cameron movies, you may wonder which OG actors are returning to Pandora, who the new faces are, and what plans Cameron has for the future casting of one of the best sci-fi series.

Well, The Digital Fix has scouted the galaxy and has all the intel down below, including how to watch Avatar 2. Here we go over who is in the Avatar 2 cast and which stars are set to be staple faces in the Avatar franchise going forward as Cameron looks to break more records.

Who is the in the Avatar 2 cast?

  • Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
  • Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri
  • Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch
  • Sigourney Weaver as Kiri
  • Kate Winslet as Ronal
  • Matt Gerald as Lyle Wainfleet
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge
  • Jemaine Clement as Dr Ian Garvin
  • Edie Falco as General Frances Ardmore
  • Joel David Moore as Dr Norm Spellman
  • Jamie Flatters as Neteyam
  • Britain Dalton as Lo’ak
  • Trinity Bliss as Tuk
  • Jack Champion as Spider
  • Cliff Curtis as Tonowari

Avatar 2 cast: Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington as Jake Sully

Sam Worthington returned to play the role of Jake Sully, an ex-human marine who, in the first Avatar movie, fell in love with Neytiri and ended up siding with the Na’vi.

Fans may recognise the star from his work in one of the Terminator movies, Terminator Salvation, or some of his best fantasy movies, including Clash of Titans. But, although you are familiar with his live-action work, don’t expect to see his actual face in the Avatar sequels.

Since the first movie in 2009 saw the human Jake abandon his real body for good, Sam Worthington featured in Avatar 2 primarily as a CGI alien. Worthington is also set to appear in Avatar 3, 4, and 5 – so it looks like Jake is in the franchise for the long haul, friends!

Avatar 2 cast: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri

Like Worthington, Zoe Saldaña made a comeback to the world of Pandora – reprising her role as Neytiri, the future Tsahìk of her clan. She is also now married to Jake and has some kids – so add her to your list of the best movie moms, too.

Saldaña is no stranger to sci-fi. Previously the star acted in the Marvel movies as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast — check out our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 review to find out about their latest adventure — and Star Trek. The list of the best Zoe Saldaña movies is a formidable one.

And she has no plans on stopping the space kick anytime soon, either. Just like Jake, Neytiri is scheduled to appear in Avatar 3, 4, and 5. You just can’t keep a Na’vi warrior down!

Avatar 2 cast: Stephen Lang

Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch

Now, if you saw the first Avatar movie, you may be confused by Lang’s name as a returning feature – since Colonel Quaritch did get pierced by an arrow and was seemingly down for the count. However, it turns out that the Colonel survived the first movie in the franchise, after all.

Lang has revealed that his character is “a genetically-engineered autonomous avatar” and that “he has been downloaded with the mind, the emotions, and even more interestingly, possibly the spirit of Quaritch.”

Lang is pretty familiar with playing some of the best movie villains, so it was a welcome surprise to see him reprise his Avatar role. Previously he starred in the horror movie Don’t Breathe and Manhunter is one of his best ’80s movies. The star is also set to appear in Avatar 3, 4, and 5 – so it looks like Quaritch will continue to escape death for the time being.

Avatar 2 cast: Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver as Kiri

As we mentioned above, Jake and Neytiri have kids now, and one of their daughters is Kiri. Sigourney Weaver, who previously played Dr Grace Augustine in the first Avatar movie, has returned to the franchise as the young Na’vi child of our two protagonists.

While she played an adolescent alien in Avatar 2, Weaver is an acclaimed actor who is very familiar with big franchise work. She has starred in a number of classics such as Ghostbusters, Alien, and one of Netflix’s best fantasy series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Although Kiri is a new character, we do know that she is here to stay. Weaver is down to play the alien for Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5.

Avatar 2 cast: Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet as Ronal

Kate Winslet is one of the new characters in Avatar 2 who joined the Pandora-based franchise as a new Na’vi called Ronal. Ronal is a free diver in the oceanic Metkayina clan and plays a pretty small part, at least when compared to the film’s massive runtime of over three hours. But we do know she has filmed scenes for Avatar 3, so she’s back at least one more time.

Considering how Winslet is an award-winning actor whose past credits include the likes of Titanic, and one of the best drama movies of all-time in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, she’ll make an impact throughout the franchise.

Avatar 2 cast: Matt Gerald

Matt Gerald as Lyle Wainfleet

That is right; another baddie is returning to the Avatar franchise. Lyle Wainfleet is a human mercenary working for the RDA and a SecOps corporal. He also is pretty much a killing machine who would stop at nothing to fulfil his orders.

Like Quaritch, Wainfleet is a surprising addition to the Avatar 2 cast since, in the 2009 film Avatar he was seemingly crushed by the Pandora Wildlife. Still, despite this smooshed fate, Gerald is down to appear in Avatar 3, 4, and 5 as well.

When Gerald isn’t on Pandora, he is primarily taking the TV landscape by storm. He has worked on one of the best horror series with Dexter, and the Marvel series Daredevil.

Avatar 2 cast: Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge

Giovanni Ribisi is back to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge, the greedy head executive of RDA’s mission on Pandora. He’s back to his old mining and colonising antics that we saw in the first Avatar movie. Because let’s be honest, when it comes to RDA, peace was never an option.

Ribisi has starred in many roles over the years, such as Lost in Translation, Ted, and Boiler Room. He is also set to appear in Avatar 3, 4, and 5 – so get used to seeing his villainous mug on the big screen!

Avatar 2 cast: Jemaine Clement

Jemaine Clement as Dr Ian Garvin

Dr Ian Garvin is a new character in the Avatar universe and is a marine biologist who is concerned with all things Pandora. Portrayed by Jemaine Clement, the character is signed on to appear in Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5 as well.

Fans may know Clement from his work on one of the best vampire movies of modern times, What We Do In The Shadows, or perhaps you recognise him as Boris, the Animal in the sci-fi movie Men In Black 3. Clement is best known for his voice-over work, with some of the best animated movies, such as Moana and Super Pets, under his name.

Avatar 2 cast: Edie Falco

Edie Falco as General Frances Ardmore

Edie Falco played the role of General Frances Ardmore, described as “the Commander in charge of the RDA’s interests”. So, hold onto your hats because we now have a new person to root against in the ongoing colonisation war on Pandora.

Besides being one of the new staple characters in the Avatar movies, Falco has already made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She previously worked on one of the best TV series of all time, The Sopranos, and was the leading star in the hit drama series Nurse Jackie.

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Joel David Moore as Dr Norm Spellman

One of Jake and Neytiri’s allies in the first movie, Dr Spellman chose to side with the Na’vi against the humans in that initial conflict. He gets summoned by Jake in Avatar 2 to provide medical aid to Kiri. We can expect to see more of him in future movies, as well.

Away from Pandora, Moore has been a comedy movie stalwart. Perhaps most famously, he appeared opposite Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller in Dodgeball. He also played intern Colin Fisher on the crime procedural TV series Bones.

Avatar 2 cast: Jamie Flatters as Neteyam

Jamie Flatters as Neteyam

Played by Jamie Flatters, Neteyam is Jake and Neytiri’s oldest biological son. He is 15 years old during the events of Avatar 2. He has also appeared in Netflix movie The Forgotten Battle and showed up in various TV series like CBBC’s So Awkward, Channel 4’s Close To Me, and ITV’s Liar. Although his role in the fantasy movie The School for Good and Evil hit screens before Avatar 2, he shot his part in The Way of The Water back in 2017 and 2018.

Avatar 2 cast: Britain Dalton as Lo'ak

Britain Dalton as Lo’ak

Lo’ak is Jake and Neytiri’s other biological son and the second-oldest child after Neteyam. For the majority of the movie, the character is fourteen years old and is portrayed by Britain Dalton.

Prior to Avatar 2, Dalton’s most major role was a recurring part in the Amazon Prime series Goliath. According to his IMDB profile, he also is set to appear in monster movie Dark Harvest, which is currently in post-production.

Avatar 2 cast: Trinity Bliss as Tuk

Trinity Bliss as Tuk

Tuktirey, nicknamed ‘Tuk’, is Jake and Neytiri’s youngest child and their only biological daughter. During the events of Avatar 2, she is seven years old. Tuk marks the first major role of child star Trinity Bliss, who was only seven years old at the time of filming.

Despite her young age, she learned to free-dive for the role and can reportedly hold her breath underwater for 3-4 minutes. Currently, Bliss stars in one of the best comedy series on Max (formerly HBO Max), The Garcias.

Avatar 2 cast: Jack Champion as Spider

Jack Champion as Spider

One of the few humans to reside on Pandora, Miles Socorro, who was nicknamed ‘Spider’ due to his natural climbing abilities, was born in Hell’s Gate, an RDA colony on Pandora. An orphan, he is the adoptive son of Jake and Neytiri and is 16 during the events of Avatar 2.

Because Spider isn’t Na’vi, the character’s actor, Jack Champion, had to rely less on performance capture than his co-stars. Outside of Avatar, 18-year-old Champion has appeared in movies like Extraordinary and The Night Sitter. Away from Avatar, Champion recently made a big impact on one of the best slasher movies with a role in the Scream cast for Scream 6.

Avatar 2 cast: Cliff Curtis as Tonowari

Cliff Curtis as Tonowari

Avatar 2 introduces viewers to the Metkayina clan, an oceanic Na’vi clan that resides by Pandora’s oceans. As the title of the movie implies, has learned to adapt and live in “the way of the water”. Tonowari is Olo’eyktan (leader) of the clan and is played by New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis.

As well as portraying Travis Manawa in the horror series Fear the Walking Dead, Curtis has also appeared in a number of films like Fast and Furious movie Hobbs and Shaw, one of the best shark movies in The Meg, and New Zealand drama The Dark Horse.

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Avatar 2 is available on video on demand now. If you need a refresher before seeing the film, find out everything you need to know before watching Avatar 2, and you can also check out our Avatar 2 review here as well as find out how much money did Avatar 2 make. Clue: loads.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got guides on the Avatar 2 runtime, how much Avatar 2 cost to make, what happened to Jake Sully’s human body, the differences between a Na’vi and an Avatar, and even some new movies (and potentially best movies) coming your way this year.

Finally, we have an article on the Avatar 3 title rumours and the Avatar 3 release date. That’s plenty to keep you going until our next journey to Pandora.