The long-awaited sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time is just around the corner. Yes, we are talking about the sequel to Avatar, which earned 2.845 billion dollars worldwide and set many standards in the film world. Its visual effects were incredible, and many fans instantly fell in love with that new magical world of nature from another planet. But let’s go back to its sequel, which is only a few months away. Avatar 2’s official title, Avatar: The Way of Water, was revealed in 2022, along with a stunningly beautiful debut teaser and special video displayed at CinemaCon, which heightened fan anticipation to infinity.
There is also a trailer
The title was announced alongside the first teaser trailer, which was released in May. The trailer was watched around 150 million times in its first 24 hours despite only providing a glimpse of the visual effects and not the plot.
The movie, as expected, features magnificent scenery both underwater and on land, with CGI wizardry bringing the Na’avi and Pandora to life. The footage contains a menace-we see the wicked RDA (that’s Resources Development Administration), and they’re destined to cause issues for everyone. Sully and his new family are here, but we don’t know how the story will unfold. Six new scenes were revealed, including some breathtakingly clean underwater scenes. An amazing action scene in a rainy forest at night was also incorporated, with face expression detail vastly improved from the original film, which was released in 2009.
James Cameron’s carefully planned project
James Cameron spent countless hours perfecting the storyline for the original Avatar and creating the cutting-edge CGI that was required. So you didn’t think he’d pass off the sequels to someone else, did you? He has returned for not only Avatar: The Way of Water, but also for the third, fourth, and fifth films in the series.
Cameron hopes to demonstrate that the box office success of the original Avatar movie was no fluke, and the filmmaker is not resting on his laurels with the expectation that the sequels will also do well just because the first film was profitable. He wrote the script for the original Avatar film alone, but for the four sequels, he has assembled a whole team of colleagues who have helped him plot out all the future chapters. Josh Friedman will work with him as a co-writer, then there are also Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salernowill, and this means, based on their previous projects, that Avatar 2 could bring us some new intelligent alien species, a new environment, and culture.
Avatar 2 cast
Cameron’s initial Avatar cast members are all signed on, guaranteeing their presence when production begins.
In addition to Sam Worthington’s return as the human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully, Na’vi princess Neytiri will be played by Zoe Saldana again.
This time around, Jake and Neytiri will also start a family. Their eldest son, Jamie Flatters, is Neteyam, their second son, Lo’ak, is Britain Dalton, and their youngest child, Tuktirey, is Trinity Bliss. Jake and Neytiri adopt “Spider” Socorro, a human being born on Pandora, played by Jack Champion.
In the sequel, Aliens star Sigourney Weaver will return as Na’vi teenager Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Neytiri and Jake.
Dr. Grace Augustine, her former character, died in the first film.
Stephen Lang, who played the cruel Col. Miles Quaritch despite getting two arrows to the chest, is also said to be returning from the dead, as is Matt Gerald, who played Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, who was crushed by a hammerhead titanothere.
Kate Winslet plays Ronal in all three sequels; this is the first time she and James Cameron have worked together on a film since Titanic, which was a major box office success in 1997. Ronal, a co-leader of the Metkayina tribe, is described as “truly devoted and brave.”
A powerful and energetic central character who will appear in all four sequels, Varang, will be played by Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones).
Another newcomer is Michelle Yeoh, and she will play the human character Dr. Karina Mogue. And now we know that Yeoh will also be in Avatar 3 according to the post on social networks by producer Jon Landau.
Jemaine Clement will play marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, and Edie Falco will play General Ardmore of the villainous RDA.
What we know about the plot
While the sequels were still in the early works in 2016, James Cameron hinted that they will be a family saga following the exploits of Jake Sully, Neytiri, and their offspring.
Moreover, according to Jon Landau, in the year 2020, the family of Jake and Neytiri will be forced to abandon their house and venture into the more remote regions of Pandora, particularly those that are covered by large water areas. It’s likely that this is where they’ll meet the Metkayina, a water-dwelling Na’vi people.
The family is central to the story. The plot synopsis for the sequel is as follows: The action takes place more than a decade after the exciting events of the first movie. It follows the story of Jake, Neytiri, and their children, how hard they try to save each other, the troubles that follow them, the battles that constantly they fight to save their lives, and the tragedies that happen to them.
As an old threat has returned, Jake and his family must fight for their planet along with an army of Na’vi people.
Release date of the sequel
The date set for the final release of The Way of Water is December 16. It was initially planned to be in December 2021, but due to the global pandemic crisis, the date was moved. Filming on the sequel began in 2017, but given that it features both live-action and motion-capture sequences, the delay is understandable.
Cameron stated that both, Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, are almost complete in September of 2020. The second sequel is 100%, and the third is 95% complete. There are also rumors that the fourth and fifth movies in the series will come out.