Brendan Cowell jumps from ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Avatar’

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In arguably the biggest break of his career, Brendan Cowell has landed a recurring role in James Cameron’s Avatar franchise.

Cowell will play Mick Scoresby, captain of a private sector marine hunting vessel on Pandora. He will start shooting in New Zealand in May, joining Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, Oona Chaplin, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Jack Champion, Kate Winslet and Giovanni Ribisi.

“Jim and I are thrilled to welcome Brendan to the Avatar family and know that he will bring a great depth to the character of Mick Scoresby,” said producer Jon Landau.

The Aussie actor is the second recent addition to the cast after Edie Falco was hired to play General Ardmore, the commander in charge of the RDA’s interests.

Cowell played Harrag, an Ironborn raider, loyalist to Yara Greyjoy and opponent of Euron Greyjoy, in the seventh season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones.

Last year he starred in the BBC1/Masterpiece series Press created by Doctor Foster’s Mike Bartlett, set in the competitive world of London newspapers. He played Peter Langly, deputy editor of the Herald, alongside Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley and David Suchet.

He co-starred with Billie Piper in Simon Stone’s play Yerma, a re-imagining of Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s 1934 work about a woman’s desire for motherhood, which transferred to The Armoury in New York after premiering at the Young Vic in London.

Produced by Cameron and Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Avatar 2 is due to open on December 17 2020 via the Walt Disney Co. following the 21st Century Fox takeover.

The ensuing chapters are dated for December 16 2021, December 19 2024 and December 18 2025.