Michelle Yeoh is having an amazing resurgence in Hollywood. The Hong Kong legend was a Hollywood star after the success of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but that didn’t last long. She found steady work in the United States, but her star power kept shrinking in America. However, she still remained one of the most sought after actors in China. Yet, here she is gaining momentum in Hollywood once again. First, she starred in the television show “Star Trek: Discovery” and then graced the screen in last year’s hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” Now she’s joining what could be one of the biggest movie franchises in the history of cinema. According to Deadline, Michelle Yeoh has signed onto to play a character in the “Avatar” sequels.
James Cameron’s “Avatar” is the highest grossing movie of all time. The movie premiered on December 18, 2009, and took the world by storm with its amazing 3D effects. In North America, it earned, $749 million while it earned another $2 billion overseas. According to Box Office Mojo, the final box office total Avatar is $2,787,965,087.
After the movie made a ton of money, there were talks about a couple of sequels. Cameron originally wanted to film two sequels but he had so much story to tell that he expanded the material to four movies. The first sequel is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2020, a full 11 years after the original. The rest of the sequels will be released in the same month, but in 2021, 2024, and 2025.
James Cameron wrote on Twitter, “Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forwarding to working with her to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels.”
Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with her to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels. https://t.co/ExokGb0YZg
— James Cameron (@JimCameron) April 15, 2019
In the movie, she will play scientist Dr. Karina Mogue.
Avatar might be the biggest franchise Michelle Yeoh has been a part of, but she has other smaller projects coming out soon. Her next Hollywood film to be released will be Paul Feig’s “Last Christmas” which reunites her with her “Crazy Rich Asians” co-star Henry Golding. On top of that, she will star in Joe Carnahan’s “Boss Level.” And of course, she will be in the sequel to “Crazy Rich Asians.”
The 56-year-old actor is a Hong Kong cinema legend and it’s great that Hollywood is recognizing her greatness.