Writer-director James Cameron announced Yeoh's addition on Monday, revealing that the actress will be playing a scientist character named Dr. Karina Mogue. It's unclear how big the role is, or how many of the four follow-up films she will appear in, though Cameron's statement seemed to suggest that Yeoh will star in all of them.
"Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters," Cameron's statement said. "I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the 'Avatar' sequels."
Yeoh has been busy recently, coming off last year's hit rom-com "Crazy Rich Asians," and next set to star in her own "Star Trek" spinoff series. The actress will reprise her "Star Trek Discovery" character, Capt. Philippa Georgiou, for the show.
In addition to Yeoh, Edie Falco has also joined the "Avatar" sequels, playing a general. Vin Diesel is rumored to have a role as well.
If all goes according to plan, the first "Avatar" follow-up will hit theaters on December 18, 2020. The next three films are then scheduled for release in 2021, 2024, and 2025.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]