Zoe Saldaña’s Response to Avatar 5 Delayed to 2031: “Great! I’ll Be 53 by Then”
Zoe Saldaña, known for her role as Neytiri in the Avatar series, shared her reaction to the news of the delayed release of the next three Avatar films.
Disney recently announced that Avatar 3, originally scheduled for December 2024, would now be released in December 2025. Consequently, the fourth and fifth films in the franchise were also pushed back to December 2029 and 2031, respectively.
On her Instagram Story, Saldaña expressed her astonishment, exclaiming, “Wow! I’ll already be 53 when the final Avatar is released!” accompanied by a shocked face emoji. She fondly reminisced about being 27 when she filmed the first Avatar movie, reflecting on the passage of time.
Sam Worthington, who portrays Jake Sully in the series and is currently 46 years old, will be 55 when the final Avatar film hits theaters. Director James Cameron, now 68, will be 77 years old by then and has hinted that he may not helm films four and five.
Producer Jon Landau took to Twitter to address the delay, explaining that each Avatar film is a massive undertaking that requires time to achieve the quality expected by filmmakers and audiences.
The original Avatar film was released in 2009 and became the highest-grossing film of all time, earning $2.9 billion. Its sequel, The Way of the Water, premiered in December 2022 and surpassed expectations, raking in $2.3 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film ever.
Variety previously reported that the film would need to gross at least $1.5 billion internationally to turn a profit.
Saldaña, who also portrays Gamora in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series, recently clarified her remarks about feeling “stuck” in major franchises. She expressed gratitude for the opportunities these films have provided and the friendships she has formed, considering herself fortunate in her career.
“I’ve gained friends. I consider myself incredibly fortunate in this city. I still have mentors that I call and lean into,” Saldaña shared in an interview with Deadline.