Avatar 2, now officially titled Avatar: The Way of Water, is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The original movie was released back in 2009, but writer, director, producer, and editor James Cameron managed to assemble the same cast and crew for not one, two, or three, but four sequels. And the first sequel will finally, after numerous delays and waiting for the movie-making technology to be advanced enough for a project like this, the sequel will finally hit theaters on December 16, 2022.
The story of Avatar takes place on the planet called Pandora, and the lead hero is Jake Sully, an ex-marine who is sent there to finish the job of his late brother. Jake manages to connect with Avatar, a genetically created creature who looks the same as the members of the Omaticaya clan, the natives of the planet. Jake is set to earn the trust of the natives so that humans can use their home ground for their own selfish needs. But after falling in love with Neytiri, a beautiful princess of the clan, he becomes aware of what is happening and switches sides in a war that’s going to decide the future of Pandora.
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 were filmed simultaneously between 2017 and 2020. Three years of filming can already tell us there are big movies in front of us. Sam Worthington recently spoke about what it’s like making a sequel after so much time.
“When I did the first one, I was 30. And when the second one comes out, I’m gonna be pushing 50. In the first one I was in a wheelchair, you know. And by the time we get to the fourth and fifth, I might actually be in a wheelchair by the time we get to do it. It’s great to be a part of such an amazing family and have that longevity, Jim [Cameron] is a very loyal man and he keeps the same people on board, but I’m a very small cog in this. There’s a big creative team behind it, and from what I’ve seen, it’s mind-blowing and marvelous what they’re coming up with.” — Sam Worthington for Variety
Worthington played the role of Jake Sully, and Zoe Saldana played the role of Neytiri. Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald are also reprising their respective roles from the original film, and Sigourney Weaver will return in a different role. Additional cast members include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, and CJ Jones.
The original Avatar movie was released in 2009 and it became a global phenomenon thanks to its groundbreaking visual effects. The movie became the highest-grossing movie of the year, and it managed to stay on that spot to this day. Avengers: Endgame managed to overthrow it in July 2019, but Avatar returned to the top spot in 2020 after another re-release in China.
The remastered version of the original movie will be released in theaters next September, and the sequel will be finally released on December 16, 2020.