Two original movies just won the box office over the weekend, but sequels still rule in Hollywood. See the latest on three highly anticipated follow-ups, including the sequel to one of those new originals, below.
Sarah Paulson Joins the Unbreakable Sequel
A sequel to both Unbreakable and Split is definitely happening, and the movie just cast an award-winning actress in its first non-reprisal role announcement. Sarah Paulson has joined M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, per his Twitter:
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) July 24, 2017
The movie will bring back Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from the first movie (Jackson plays the title character) and James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from the surprise “backdoor” second installment. Paulson’s role has not been revealed, but it’s just great to see the actress, who has lately been better known for TV work than films, becoming part of something this significant. Hopefully her part is major. We need more superpowered people introduced in this one…
Glass is due in theaters on January 18, 2019.
CCH Pounder Returns to the Avatar Franchise
Yes, the Avatar sequels are also really happening, finally, and another of the original movie’s cast has official re-joined the franchise. According to Variety, CCH Pounder will reprise her role as the Na’vi spiritual leader, Mo’at. The character, who is portrayed through performance capture, is also the mother of Zoe Saldana’s character, Neytiri. The only details being reported are that Pounder will be in all four of the announced sequels, meaning we can assume Mo’at survives through the whole series.
Release dates for the Avatar sequels have been resheduled over and over, but at the moment they seem firm with the following timeline: Avatar 2 on December 18, 2020; Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021; Avatar 4 on December 20, 2024; and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025. Filming with the performance capture actors is set to begin on September 25 of this year. As for the rest of the cast, Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Joel David Moore are also returning, while Oona Chaplin has joined as a new character.
Girls Trip 2 Is a Very Good Possibility
Now that Girls Trip is out in theaters and grossed a triumphant $30 million in its first weekend, a sequel is very likely. After all, the similar hit comedy The Hangover spawned two follow-ups, and last year’s Bad Moms has a holiday sequel and spin-off in the works. Nothing has been greenlit or announced by Universal yet, but one of the stars of Girls Trip is optimistic. Here’s what Jada Pinkett Smith said on the UK talk show Lorraine this morning:
We’ve talked about it. We’ll see if it actually happens. With the success of the movie, I think it will happen.
Putting it out there for Meryl Streep to be my mom in Girls Trip 2. Everybody will be like, ‘How you got a white mama?‘ And I’ll be like, ‘I told y’all I was in the system. I was in foster care, stupid!’
Watch the clip of Pinkett Smith on Lorraine here: