Edward Norton Turned Down Avatar 2 Role Because He Wasn't Playing a Na'vi

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Edward Norton was making the geeky headlines not too long ago, talking about Incredible Hulk 2 plans that never came into fruition and even showing interest in becoming an MCU villain. The acclaimed actor is back in our radar as Norton revealed that he was offered a role in James Cameron's Avatar 2 and he turned it down because he wasn't going to be a Na'vi.

Speaking with Total Film (via CBR), Norton revealed that he didn't want to be part of the humans in this universe since a number of them did try to colonize the blue-furred alien's planet. Norton said he wanted to be a Na'vi and nothing else so it looks like they decided not to cast him since they probably wanted to preserve that recognizable face.


Here is what Norton said, "I am friends with Jim [Cameron], and actually enormously admire and kind of adore him. So when he wanted me to do something in Avatar 2, I basically told him, 'If I'm not a Na'vi, I'm not doing it. I'm not being part of the industrial world, coming in to destroy Pandora. I'm either a Na'vi or nothing.'"

Currently, there are zero-to-no details on the story of Avatar 2, though we know that the previous actors will return, at least the ones who made it out alive. We'll have to wait and see if the movie lives up to our expectations, though given how forgettable the first Avatar was, we might not have any if we're being honest.

Avatar 2 is currently scheduled for a December 17, 2021 release.

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