Thanks to the immense success of The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau is now thought of as the savior of the Star Wars franchise by many fans. Long before his first foray into a galaxy far, far away, though, Favreau had another life as an indie actor and as Happy Hogan in Marvel Studios’ Iron Man trilogy.
Now, it seems that the actor, writer, and Mandalorian creator has decided to pay a visit to another fantastical world — Pandora. Earlier today, Jon Landau shared a photo of Favreau and James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) on the Avatar 2 set. Landau wrote:
As a fanboy, I couldn’t resist snapping a quick photo of @Jon_Favreau when he came to visit the Avatar set in L.A.
— Jon Landau (@jonlandau) February 16, 2021
Landau produced Titanic (1997) and is currently working alongside Cameron on the upcoming slate of Avatar sequels. There are to be five films in all, which were delayed due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
The producer’s social media followers were thrilled to see the picture of the reigning Star Wars universe kingpin on the Avatar set.
Star of Elyon was one of many commenters to reference the upcoming Alita project. She wrote:
Do you and @JimCameron have a prequel series that @Jon_Favreau might be able to work on? You know, one starring a cyborg at a younger age maybe?
— StarOfElyon (@StarOfElyon) February 16, 2021
Another Twitter user posted:
It’s nice to see director and producer colleagues like @Jon_Favreau stopping by the Avatar set. After his collab on ‘The Mandalorian’ with @Rodriguez , which was nothing short of awesome, I wonder if Favreau got to know about #Alita too. Would love to hear more from that.
It's nice to see director and producer colleagues like @Jon_Favreau stopping by the Avatar set.
After his collab on 'The Mandalorian' with @Rodriguez, which was nothing short of awesome, I wonder if Favreau got to know about #Alita too.✌️☺️
Would love to hear more from that. pic.twitter.com/yJVbA6bXNx
— avoN_C |??| ?? (@avoN_CPlay) February 16, 2021
Though nothing has been confirmed about Favreau’s potential involvement in the Alita: Battle Angel project, it’s clearly something fans would like to see.
What is on Jon Favreau’s slate?
Tthe Mandalorian showrunner is currently busy with four known Star Wars series — The Mandalorian Season 3 (which begins filming at The Volume soundstage in Los Angeles in April), Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka, and The Book of Boba Fett — so it is unknown if he is even willing to take on any additional work at this time.
Furthemore, Favreau is likely dealing with the fallout from Gina Carano’s firing. Losing a key character like Cara Dune is likely to impact The Mandalorian saga moving forward. Favreau has not released a statement at this time.
Confirmed cast members for upcoming series include Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano) for Ahsoka, Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin) for the third season of The Mandalorian, and Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett) and Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand) for The Book of Boba Fett.
There are also rumors that Favreau, executive producer Dave Filoni, and Lucasfilm will bring back Bo-Katan Kryze actress Katee Sackhoff, who originally voiced the character in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
What do we know about Avatar 2?
Although an official synopsis for Avatar 2 has not been released, it is set to feature several original cast members. Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), and Sam Worthington (Jake Sully) will all be returning.
It is not yet known how Weaver’s character will be incorporated, since she passed away in the first Avatar (2009) movie.
The movie is expected to take place largely underwater, though this has not been officially confirmed. The rumored working title is Avatar: The Way of Water. If all of the reports and on-set sneak peeks are true, this underwater world will be a departure from the original Avatar.
Currently, fans will get to see the Na’Vi home world of Pandora again in December 2022. This theatrical release date is, of course, subject to change.
What do you think about Jon Favreau’s visit to the Avatar set? Are you looking forward to seeing more of James Cameron’s Avatar films hit theaters in the future?