THE ORIGINAL Avatar film premiered in 2009 to critical acclaim, becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of all time with over $3billion worldwide sales.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, Disney released the first trailer for the long-awaited Avatar: The Way of Water.
The first sequel to Avatar will hit theatres in December of 2022
When is Avatar: The Way of Water set to premiere?
The sequel to Avatar will hit North American theatres on December 16, 2022.
Two days prior, overseas viewers will have access to the film.
During CinemaCon 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Avatar producer Jon Landau presented the official first look and trailer alongside director James Cameron.
“One of the strengths of Jim Cameron’s scripts is they are always universal and relatable themes that he weaves into them,” Landau said, per Deadline.
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Cameron began building the concept of the Avatar universe back in the 1990s.
“I wanted our return to Pandora to be something really special,” Cameron added while at the event.
“Every shot is designed for the biggest screen, highest resolution, and most immersive 3D available.”
What will the Avatar sequel be about?
Avatar’s protagonist Jake Sully – voiced by Sam Worthington – and his family live on the planet of Pandora.
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A threat returns to Pandora and the Na’vi army must once again come together to protect their planet.
Jon Landeau said of the movie’s story: “At the center of each of the four sequels will be the Sully family.”
“Each story will be a stand-alone and each will come to its own conclusion.”
The producer added: “There will be a “fulfilling resolution to each film, but when looked at as a whole the journey across all four will create a larger epic saga.”
The trailer for the second Avatar premiered on April 27, 2022, in Las VegasGetty Images – Getty
Who stars in the Avatar: The Way of Water?
Sam Worthington reprised his role as Jake Sully alongside his character’s lover, Neytiri.
Sam is familiar to audiences for his roles in Clash of the Titans, Cake, and Hacksaw Ridge.
Zoe Saldana is returning to the motion picture’s sequel to take on the role of Neytiri.
Since the first Avatar, Zoe has starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War, and The Adam Project.
Sam and Zoe will also be joined by their original Avatar co-star, Sigourney Weaver.
No stranger to big screen sci-fi projects, Sigourney had parts in Aliens, Ghostbusters, and Galaxy Quest.
Additional cast members include Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Edie Falco, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Oona Chaplin, and Jermaine Clement.
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Alongside James Cameron, Josh Friedman wrote the screenplay for Avatar’s first sequel.
The franchise is expected to release a total of four sequels, the final coming in 2028.
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