By Dan Lawrence | 7 seconds ago

In the decisive battle of the 2009s Avatar, Sam Worthington’s heroic human turned Na’vi Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana’s Pandora native Neytiri thought they’d seen the last of Stephen Lang’s evil colonels, Miles Quaritch, when two waist arrows were burned into his chest . However, MovieWeb reports that Stephen Lang is back in Avatar 2, a.k.a Avatar: The Way of Water, and this time it is more blue.

Two arrows to the chest apparently didn’t stop Stephen Lang from returning for Avatar: The Way of the Water and his character Miles Quaritch now has a Na’vi upgrade. His villainy and eventual demise in 2009 Avatar was closely tied to his employment at the RDA (Resources Development Administration), headed by Giovanni Ribisi’s Parker Selfridge. The RDA harvested Pandora for its natural minerals and Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch was at the heart of their military assault on the native Na’vi. Now, a decade after the events of the original, the RDA are back and once again they are using Avatars to transfer human consciousness into the alien bodies of the Na’vi, but this time with a twist. Avatars have been renamed Recombinants, aka Recoms, a new form of Avatars with the memories of human soldiers built into them. Avatar 2 sees Stephen Lang’s Quaritch receiving the Recom treatment, thus explaining his apparent resurrection. The image of the reimagined character, courtesy of Empire, can be seen below.

“He’s bigger, he’s bluer, he’s edgy” are the words of Stephen Lang regarding his Avatar 2 back and according to reports, its villain will be involved in all four Avatar suites. On top of that, he’s not the only actor to come back from the dead on audience cinema screens in Avatar: The Way of the Water. Sigourney Weaver, who previously starred in Avatar as Dr. Grace Augustine now returns for the sequel as the Na’vi daughter of Jack Sully and Neytiri, Kiri, perhaps thanks to the same Recom technology that brought Stephen Lang back into the fold? As it stands, it’s understood that Kiri is just a close character, and it’s just Sigourney Weaver back in the fold as an actor and not as Dr. Grace Augustine.

Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver join returning colleagues Avatar cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi and Joel David Moore and they will be joined by exciting new additions such as Michelle Yeoh and Kate Winslet. Avatar holds the coveted title of highest-grossing film of all time at the box office and the return of iconic characters for Avatar: The Way of Water, along with exciting new cast editions will surely make the long-awaited sequel a coveted cinematic spectacle. Empire reports that much of the more than a decade delay between Avatar and the first of four planned sequels was a rigorous narrative planning that James Cameron had put in place, which has been compared by the infamous director to writing the the Lord of the Rings novels. Hope Cameron’s planning, as well as Stephen Lang passionately reimagined Avatar 2 villain, will help elevate the cinematic sequel, which arrives in theaters on December 16, to the runaway success of its predecessor.