Jack Champion: 5 Things To Know About The ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Breakout Star

Jack Champion is the actor everyone is about to be talking about. Get to know the rising star playing Spider in the highly-anticipated 'Avatar: The Way of Water.'

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  • Jack plays Spider in Avatar: The Way of Water.
  • Jack underwent serious training for the role.
  • Jack’s next movie is Scream 6.

Fans have been waiting over a decade to see Avatar: The Way of Water. The epic sequel will hit theaters on December 16 and will feature new cast members, including Jack Champion. Jack’s character is a key component of Avatar’s future, and he will be an instant fan favorite.

So, who is Jack Champion? Once Avatar: The Way of Water is available in theaters, everyone is going to want to know more about this talented young actor who is just 18 years old. HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know.

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Jack Champion as Spider in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water.’ (Everett Collection)

1. Jack stars as Spider in Avatar: The Way of Water.

Jack plays Miles “Spider” Socorro. He is a human born in Hell’s Gate and adopted by Jake Sully and Neytiri. He’s close with all of Jake and Neytiri’s kids, especially their adopted daughter Kiri. For the majority of his life, Spider has been raised as part of the Na’vi. Avatar: The Way of Water is Spider’s introduction in the Avatar world.

2. Jack stayed in training mode for two years.

Since Jack plays a human in Avatar: The Way of Water, his training was much more rigorous than a lot of his cast members. “I had to look like I grew up in the Pandora jungle keeping up with the Na’vi kids. Not only did I had to learn all the bow, movement, and knife training, but they also sent me with a personal trainer—Josh Murillo, who I still work with today—who basically helped me look from a pudgy 13-year-old who didn’t really know how to work out to someone who was more lean, ripped and good with movement,” Jack told GQ.

For “two years” he had “maintain a shirtless physique. We had to come up with a plan that would be attainable for two years. I did a lot of high-rep weight lifting, high-intensity interval training along with some boxing workouts and incline walks.”

In addition to exercise, Jack also ate a high-protein diet and trained for underwater performance capture. The actor explained he did “freediving training and scuba training for four years. They designed a real full face mask—because on Pandora the humans have to have a face mask to breathe in their oxygen from outside—that also worked as a scuba mask for us to be underwater for hours. I held my breath for up to five minutes and 33 seconds at one point.” All in all, Jack worked on Avatar 2 from the time he was 12 to when he was 16.

3. Jack will be back for Avatar 3.

Jack is expected to be back for the upcoming third and fourth Avatar movies. Spider will continue to play a major role in the Avatar story. Avatar 3 and 4 will be released on December 22, 2023, and December 19, 2025.

“I think Spider feels like he’s always wanted a family, a true family. And I feel like he feels that potential of a true family in the Sullys, but he also can’t help but feel a little bit disconnected because not only is he human, but also he may not be fully accepted by everyone. And also with Quaritch, I don’t know, he feels very conflicted about what true family even means,” Jack told ScreenRant about his character’s journey.

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Jack Champion at the ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ premiere. (Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

4. Jack has other films in the works.

Following the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, Jack will star in Scream 6, which will be released on March 10, 2023. Jack is playing a new character in the Scream universe and not much is known about his character so far.

5. Jack has a Sphynx cat!

Jack has an adorable 2-year-old Sphynx cat named Butters “Te Ngeru” Champion. Jack has an Instagram page dedicated to his cat. 

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