Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 smash hit, finally hits theaters this year.
Before 2010 was a different time in cinema. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had only started Iron Man a year earlier, and an R-rated comedy was one of the highest-grossing films of the year alongside 2012, Angels and Demons (yes, really) and Ice Age 3.
True to the cliché, Avatar has taken us into a whole new world; namely Pandora with its Hallelujah mountains and strange creatures, all through the renewed verve of 3D. It dominated the box office with a 234-day run and became the biggest film of all time to date, grossing $2.847 billion.
That was then, this is now. The film landscape has evolved; Now more than ever, blockbusters are driven by intellectual property and nostalgia, whether it’s superhero production from Marvel and DC or Tom Cruise’s return to Top Gun. But fear not, Avatar 2 is going to be absolutely massive for one reason: you never bet against James Cameron.
Avatar 2 Release Date: When will Avatar: The Way of Water be released and where can I watch it?
Avatar: The Way of Water is finally slated to hit theaters on December 16, 2022, nearly 13 years since the first film was released.
It’ll only be available on the big screen (preferably an IMAX if you can), so out of luck if you want to watch it at home. However, if you can’t go to the cinema, the film will likely be added to Disney+ after it hits theaters.
The 2020s will be the decade of Avatar. As previously reported by BBC News, The Way of Water will be followed by three more films titled Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
The third film is scheduled for release on December 20, 2024, followed by the fourth on December 18, 2026 and Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028.
Avatar 2 cast: Who is returning for Avatar The Way of Water and are there any new characters?
Several members of the original film’s cast return for Avatar 2, including Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri.
Stephen Lang is also back as Colonel Miles Quaritch, who will be the main villain in the upcoming films. Given his death in the first film, it’s unclear how he’ll return – however, the first trailer shows a fairly muscular Na’vi character with the same tattoo as Lang on his arm, so it appears he’s been uploaded into an avatar.
Cameron previously told Deadline: “I’m not going to say exactly how we’re going to bring him back, but it’s still a sci-fi story. His character will expand into truly unexpected places as we arc our new three-movie saga.”
Sigourney Weaver also returns, but instead of her role as Dr. Echoing Grace Augustine, she plays an entirely new character.
Kate Winslet has reunited with Cameron and will star as Ronal, a free-diving Na’vi part of a reef tribe known as the Metkayina, led by The Meg star Cliff Curtis, while Vin Diesel has also joined the film in an undisclosed role.
From the set of sequels: @ZoeSaldanaSam Worthington, Kate Winslet and Cliff Curtis take a break from underwater performance capturing for a quick photo!
Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000-gallon tank that was purpose-built for the sequels. pic.twitter.com/NSfqoZ6jXJ
— Avatar (@officialavatar) May 13, 2020
Other recurring characters include Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge, Matt Gerald as Lyle Wainfleet, CCH Pounder as Neytiri’s mother Mo’at, and Joel David Moore and Dileep Rao Jake’s human allies Dr. Norm Spellman and Dr. Max Patel.
Edie Falco, of The Sopranos fame, will play General Ardmore, while Michelle Yeoh and Jemaine Clement will play the scientists Dr. Karina Mogue or Dr. Ian Garvin will play.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Yeoh said, “I was so impressed with the work that [Cameron’s] done, the work he does, the energy. He’s a genius, he’s a walking genius. And I really really enjoyed the experience and I can’t wait to come back soon I hope.”
Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin will also appear as Varang, a character who is expected to span all four sequels.
Avatar 2: Is there a trailer for Avatar The Way of Water?
The first teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water was released in theaters earlier this year exclusively with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It has since been published online and you can check it out below.
The stunning trailer doesn’t reveal much in terms of plot; If anything, it’s meant as a reminder of Cameron’s skill and why we should all be very excited to return to Pandora. The visual effects are of a caliber we’ve never seen before – yes, this hands-in-water shot is entirely CGI – and the music is captivating. Simply put, film water has never looked so good.
Avatar 2: What is the plot of Avatar The Way of Water?
The official synopsis reads: “Jake Sully lives on the planet Pandora with his newfound family. When a familiar threat returns to end what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.”
The trailer features glimpses of Jake Sully and Neytiri’s children: Neteyam by Jamie Flatters, Lo’ak by Britain Dalton and Tuktirey by Trinity Bliss, as well as their adopted human child Miles Socorro, aka Spider, played by Jack Champion.
Speaking to Collider, producer Jon Landau said each film would be a standalone film and not the kind of serialized storytelling seen in the MCU, but each film will create a “connected saga.”
“Each film is a standalone film that we would like to see. You don’t have to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2. It’s there and we’re going to take people on a visual and emotional journey that’s coming to an end of its own,” he said.
“This is the story of the Sully family and what is done to keep their family together. Jake and Neytiri have family in this film, they are forced to leave home, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora including some time on the water, around the water, in the water.”
Why did Avatar 2 take so long?
Given the massive success (sorry) of Avatar, most moviegoers would have expected a sequel by now. Well, in true Cameron fashion, the film was originally slated for a 2014 release date, but the technological advances required to make The Way of Water a reality have meant the project has suffered multiple delays; eight to be exact.
As the title suggests, Avatar 2 will be mostly set in and around water. This proved to be a huge factor in the film’s lengthy production, as Cameron had to develop technology to perfect underwater motion capture. “It sounds kind of crazy, the process. I mean, if Avatar didn’t make so much f***ing money, we would never do this because it’s kind of crazy,” he said.
There’s also the 3D element, a key selling point of the first film. By 2016, Cameron was talking about theoretically filming with a 3D shape without glasses, but later admitted the technology wasn’t quite there yet.
After showing the teaser trailer at CinemaCon, Cameron said: “[We’re] With high frame rate, higher 3D resolution and greater realism in our visual effects, you’ll push the boundaries even further.
“I wanted our return to Pandora to be very special. Every shot is designed for the largest screen, highest resolution and most immersive 3D available. I think we made it.”
Adding to the complications of global restrictions over the last few years, Cameron hasn’t just worked on Avatar: The Way of Water — he’s worked on all of them at the same time.
He told Vanity Fair in 2017, “It was very optimistic that we could get started quickly until the scripts were written. If there are no scripts, there is nothing, right?
“The scripts took four years. You can call that a delay, but it’s not really a delay because from the point at which we pushed the button to actually make the films [until now]We fit together perfectly.”
Also, speaking to Empire in 2014, Cameron made a big claim for Avatar 2: “You’re going to fuck yourself with your mouth wide open.”
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022.
This article will be updated with further announcements.
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