The first trailer for the much anticipated and very delayed James Cameron’s Avatar 2 has been released.
Titled Avatar: The Way of Water has some familiar faces like Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Zoe Saldana continuing the story of the Na’vi extraterrestrial humanoids at war with humans. Some new faces you can expect to see are, Michelle Yeoh, Kate Winslet, Edie Falco and Jemaine Clement.
As the title suggests the film will take place in the ocean with new tech designed to master the performance of underwater capture.
The original Avatar released back in 2009 was a massive success winning three Oscars and claiming the title of biggest global box office hit of all time after making over $2.8bn.
Watch the trailer below:
Since the first was such a hit the sequel started to be developed straight away and production got underway in 2017 alongside the third film. The upcoming two instalments are set to go into production once post-production on the third instalment is completed.
However, this strategy does pose a massive financial risk to Disney which has backed each sequel with an estimated $250m budget.
When speaking with Entertainment Weekly last year Cameron said, “The big issue is: are we going to make any damn money? Big, expensive films have got to make a lot of money. We’re in a new world post-Covid, post-streaming. Maybe those [box office] numbers will never be seen again. Who knows? It’s all a big roll of the dice.”
Winslet has reunited with Cameron after last working together on Titanic and has reportedly gained massive attention after holding her breath for seven minutes underwater, according to reports.
When speaking with Variety she said, “When Jim asked me if I would do the films with him, I asked him to describe the character,”
“He said, “Well, she’s basically the female leader of a water tribe. And I immediately said, “YES! YES!” I’m happy with anything to do with water. Then to discover that I had an opportunity to learn how to free dive and breath-hold to play the role. It was incredible. So I trained for about a month and was able to really hold my breath for a very long time.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is set to release in December this year.