After Star Wars: Episode VIII was officially pushed back to a Christmas 2017 release date, fanboys clashed as they soon realised it meant it would be taking on James Cameron’s Avatar 2 at the global box office.
Indeed, Just last month James Cameron said Avatar 2 would be in theatres “Christmas of 2017,” but it’s now being reported the sequel to the 2009 mega-blockbuster won’t be ready for its targeted release date.
Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are reprising their lead roles for the Avatar sequel, while reports claimed that innovative underwater performance capture technology will be used. However, specific plot details are thin on the ground at this stage.
While no actors have been confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VIII yet, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), John Boyega (Finn) and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) are expected to return. Benicio Del Toro has also been rumoured to play the main villain in the highly-anticipated sequel.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already broken Avatar’s domestic box office record of $760.5 million, earning $863.1 million in North America to date. However, a rather disappointing performance in China means it’s unlikely to surpass Avatar’s global total of $2.7 billion, with a current worldwide tally of $1.87 billion so far.