James Cameron is one of the most visionary directors of all time. His ability to create spectacle underneath the sea, on a different planet, or within a spaceship full of Alien-killing marines is unmatched. Of course, Cameron is also one of the highest grossing directors of all time and that means he gets to do what he wants. That is why James Cameron is focusing on an incredible four straight sequels to his hit film, released in 2009, ‘Avatar’. Cameron has been slowly working on the project for nearly a decade and now the first sequel has a release date (2020) and a slew of stars attached — including the recently announced Kate Winslet.
The announcement of Kate Winslet’s return to the world and screen of James Cameron came out as a shocking surprise for almost everyone. Kate Winslet and Cameron had last worked together on the critical and commercial hit, ‘Titanic’, and their reunion will come after 20 years of working on separate projects. Cameron was effusive with praise in relation to Winslet’s announced addition to the cast saying, “Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career.”
There isn’t much information out yet relating to the actual character that Winslet will be taking on. What we do know is that Winslet will be portraying a character named Ronal and we aren’t sure if she is human or Na’vi. We also don’t know how long Winslet will be attached to the swath of sequels that are coming out over the next six or seven years. Winslet is a huge star so you would figure that Cameron would want her around for a few films but in a series like ‘Avatar’, which is so unorthodox as it is, there is no telling just how long she’ll be on board.
Winslet’s return to the screen for James Cameron should also surprise a few people who had been paying relatively close attention to their rocky personal relationship. Winslet once said in an interview with Rolilng Stone, “I would only work for Cameron again for a lot of money.” Winslet would go on to tell stories about how hard working on ‘Titanic’ was and that she was under constant pressure from Cameron and that involved ‘near drownings’ and ‘lots and lots of yelling’.