Avatar: The Way of Water brings back original characters and introduces new ones to Pandora. We break down the Na’vi and the actors playing them.
Set over a decade after Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water sees the return of Jake Sully and Neytiri, but they’re joined by a plethora of new Na’vi characters, some of whom are played by cast members from the first film. James Cameron returns to the world of Pandora, picking up more than a decade after the events of Avatar, The Way of Water doesn’t solely center the characters from the original film, allowing the next generation of characters to thrive.
Avatar: The Way of Water includes several familiar faces, including Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine, though she also portrays a brand-new character in the sequel. The new characters, of course, all have a connection with the original Avatar characters, and together they take the narrative to exciting places while building upon their interpersonal relationships throughout the film. Led by Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña, Avatar: The Way of Water has assembled quite an ensemble to play the film’s Na’vi characters.
Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
Jake Sully is formerly a human who chose to permanently become a member of the Na’vi after the events of Avatar. Jake led the Na’vi against the Resources Development Administration (RDA), which was destroying Pandora, ultimately driving them off the planet — at least for a while. Jake is also the mate of Neytiri, and the pair have four children together. Jake Sully is portrayed by Sam Worthington, who reprises his role from Avatar, and is best known for his roles in Terminator Salvation, Clash of the Titans, Sabotage, the TV series Under the Banner of Heaven, and Last Night.
Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri
Neytiri is a native of Pandora, and who is in line to be the Na’vi’s next spiritual leader. Neytiri is also Jake’s mate, and the daughter of the Na’vi’s previous clan chief. Neytiri is portrayed by Zoe Saldaña, who also reprises her motion-capture role from Avatar. Saldaña is best known for her roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Endgame, 2009’s Star Trek, in which she played Uhura, the Netflix film The Adam Project, Death at a Funeral, the Netflix series From Scratch, the Britney Spears-led film Crossroads, and Drumline.
Sigourney Weaver as Kiri
Kiri is Jake and Neytiri’s adopted teen daughter. While the identity of Kiri’s biological mother is known, the identity of her biological father is a mystery. Kiri is portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, who also reprises her original role from Avatar as Dr. Grace Augustine, an ally to the Na’vi. Weave is best known for her roles in the Alien franchise, Ghostbusters, the Pixar animation Finding Dory, the horror film The Cabin in the Woods, Galaxy Quest, the Marvel Netflix series The Defenders, and Call Jane.
Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch
Colonel Miles Quaritch was the leader of the RDA, but he died as a human in Avatar. The Way of the Water’s version of the character is an avatar clone instilled with the human Quaritch’s memories and tasked to seek revenge on Jake Sully. Stephen Lang reprises the role of Quaritch from Avatar, but he is also known for portraying characters in Tombstone, the TV series Into the Badlands, Salem, the horror film Don’t Breathe and its sequels, the thriller The Girl on the Train, and Conan the Barbarian.
Cliff Curtis as Tonowari
Tonowari is the leader of the clan Metkayina, a reef people Jake and Neytiri’s family seek out for refuge. Tonowari is portrayed by Cliff Curtis, who is best known for his roles in Training Day, the sci-fi film Sunshine, The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, The Meg, the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Colombiana, in which he appeared in alongside co-star Zoe Saldaña.
Kate Winslet as Ronal
Ronal is a member of the Metkayina, a free diver, and the wife of Tonowari. Unlike Tonowari, however, Ronal is a bit more hesitant to welcome Jake, Neytiri, and their family. Ronal is portrayed by Kate Winslet, who is best known for her roles in James Cameron’s Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Jane Austen adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Revolutionary Road, the HBO drama Mare of Easttown, Contagion, and the holiday rom-com The Holiday.
Jamie Flatters as Neteyam
Neteyam is Jake and Neytiri’s oldest son and child. He follows in his father’s footsteps, and has good tactical skills. Neteyam is portrayed by Jamie Flatters, who is best known for the TV series The Forgotten Battle, and as Tedros in the Netflix film The School for Good and Evil.
Britain Dalton as Lo’ak
Lo’ak is Jake and Neytiri’s third-youngest child after Kiri, and the second-oldest son. Lo’ak doesn’t think he’s good enough in the eyes of his parents, and sees himself as a disappointment. Lo’ak is portrayed by Britain Dalton, who is best known for the TV series Goliath.
Bailey Bass as Tsireya “Reya”
Reya is a member of the Metkayina, and Tonowari and Ronal’s daughter. She takes it upon herself to help Lo’ak and his siblings learn the way of the water. Reya is portrayed by Bailey Bass, who is best known for her roles in the hit AMC series Interview with the Vampire, and The Jenkins Family Christmas.
Trinity Jo-Li Bliss as Tuktirey “Tuk”
Tuk is the youngest child of Jake and Neytiri. Trinity Jo-Li Bliss is best known for the TV series Best Foot Forward and The Garcias.
Filip Geljo as Aonung
Aonung is a member of the Metkayina clan, Tonowari and Ronal’s son, and Reya’s brother in Avatar: The Way of Water. Aonung is portrayed by Filip Geljo, who is best known for starring in the TV series Odd Squad.
CCH Pounder as Mo’at
Mo’at is Neytiri’s mother and the spiritual leader of the Omaticaya. CCH Pounder is best known for her roles in Godzilla: King of Monsters, Warehouse 13, the TV series Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and has voiced the DC character Amanda Waller in the video game Batman: Arkham Underworld and animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham.