Avatar Fan Art Imagines What Matt Damon Would Have Looked Like As Jake Sully

The role that got away for an accomplished actor Matt Damon would play the main role in Avatar, but taking a look at our exclusive new artwork lets us imagine how that missed casting would have worked out. In 2019, Damon opened up about his biggest career regret in a British GQ interview, and for the Oscar-winning actor, that would be turning it down. Avatar. As he said at the time, Damon was offered the lead role of Jake Sully with 10% of the movie’s box office profits, but he instead opted to focus on The Bourne Ultimatum. Avatar became the highest-grossing film of all time, costing Damon over $250 million for passing on the offer.


“Jim Cameron proposed to me Avatar“, Damon told the magazine. “And when he gave it to me, he said, ‘Now listen. I don’t need nobody. I don’t need a name for this, an actor named. If you don’t take that, I’ll find an unknown actor and give it to him, because the movie doesn’t really need you.”

More than the money, the decision also meant missing out on working with Cameron, as Damon added, “I realized by saying no that I was probably passing the chance working with him. So that sucks and that’s always harsh.”

Luckily for Damon, he did pretty well without Avatar, noting that his “kids all eat”. Ultimately, the role went to Sam Worthington, and given the success of Avatar, it is clear that everything went well with the film itself as well as with regard to its final casting. But for moviegoers wondering what might have been had Damon accepted the role, the new fan art gives us our best look at what it might have looked like.

You can see the full size image below.

Avatar Matt Damon Artwork

Related: Avatar: The Way of Water Needs To Become One Of The 5 Highest-Grossing Movies In History To Break Even

Will Avatar: The Way of Water be as successful as the original?

Jake Sully in Avatar: The Way of the Water
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the original Avatar came out in 2009, and it took a long time to Avatar: The Way of the Water to make its way to movie theatres. So many years have passed that it’s hard to say if fan interest is as high for more. Avatar as it seemed ten years ago. Even James Cameron isn’t entirely sure that Avatar 2 is going to be the success of the first film, although the studio certainly hopes that won’t be the case given the film’s astronomical budget.

“We’re in a different world now than we were when I wrote this stuff,” Cameron told Total Film recently. “Maybe we’ll remind people what it’s like to go to the theater. This movie really does that. The question is, how many people give like *** now?”

Avatar: The Way of the Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022. You can watch the official trailer for the sequel below.

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