It would appear that, when it comes to the Avatar franchise, Vin Diesel is more fan than family. Back in 2019, the well-known Fast & Furious actor posted a not-so-cryptic video to his Instagram, heavily implying that he had booked a role in James Cameron‘s highly-anticipated sequels. The video showed Diesel on set with Cameron, where the two joked about the massive level of secrecy involved with the films and Diesel hinted at finally getting to work with one of his industry idols. Understandably, the social media post caused most fans to assume they’d see Diesel pop up in Avatar: The Way of Water. This, of course, did not happen.
As Cameron mentioned in the video, the filmmaker spent the past several years working on multiple sequels at once. Diesel‘s absence from The Way of Water initially felt like an indication he may have actually filmed scenes for Avatar 3 or Avatar 4, but executive producer Jon Landau is now making it clear that’s not the case. Speaking exclusively to Empire Magazine, Landau explained that The Pacifier star was simply visiting the Avatar production as an admirer, and not as a member of the cast:
Vin was a fan. He came in, visited the set one day to see what we were doing and people took that out of context.Jon Landau
Diesel‘s immediate major projects are Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Universal’s Fast X, both serving as sort-of conclusions for their respective franchises. As such, it makes sense that the leading man of Last Witch Hunter would be on the prowl for his next big part. While that does not currently seem to be taking place in an Avatar film, the future could still be bright for Diesel if Cameron‘s acclaimed series continues as long as the director would like.
Source: Empire Magazine