We all know there’s going to be an Avatar 2 even if James Cameron hasn’t committed to it yet. Zoe Saldana expects to return to the role she innovated as Na’Vi warrior Neytiri. She just needs a few things from Cameron before she can do it again.
“He already knows how I like to approach it,” Saldana said. “I need at least 6 to 7 months of training and stuff to get into Neytiri again and whatever’s going to happen is going to happen.”
Saldana spent four years learning and practicing the motion capture performance style as well as the basic skills for a nature native. She’ll keep that experience, but it still requires prep time.
“It does take training,” she said. “It’s not something that I can just turn on and off. Everything is a learned skill. The same way it took me like 2 to 3 months to channel Aisha, you know Neytiri is going to take her time as well. I mean, there are people we are kind of incarnating. It takes a little bit of preparation.”
Right now, Saldana has nothing but time to prepare. Who knows when Cameron will start writing Avatar 2, let alone shooting it. “The good thing that we all know about Jim is - it’s not so good sometimes because we sometimes have to wait like 10 years for it – but by the time he does come around, he gives you something that sort of changes your life or at least touches it in such a way. So I do know that Avatar 2 is going to be just as great as the first one because Jim’s the S-H-*-T.”