Michelle Yeoh has been cast as scientist Dr Karina Mogue in James Cameron's upcoming Avatar sequels, according to the franchise’s social media channels.
"Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels," said Cameron in a tweet.
The 2009 fantasy epic Avatar grossed US$2.8 billion (S$3.79 billion) worldwide. Avatar 2, the first of four follow-up films, is set to hit US theatres on Dec 18, 2020. The following films will release on the same weekend over the next few years, with Avatar 3 arriving Dec 17, 2021, Avatar 4 on Dec 20, 2024, and Avatar 5 on Dec 19, 2025.
Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver will return for the upcoming films, and will be joined by Kate Winslet and Oona Chaplin.
Yeoh, a mainstay on Asian action films, has made a successful transition into drama with 2018 hit Crazy Rich Asians and into sci-fi with Star Trek: Discovery.
Yeoh will next be seen in the holiday comedy Last Christmas, alongside Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, as well as in sci-fi action film Boss Level. She will also be headlining a new Star Trek: Discovery spinoff.