Avatar 2, also known as Avatar: The Way of Water, is due out this December, which may be hard to believe after such a long wait for the sequel.
The official title was confirmed with the release of the first trailer at CinemaCon, before it went online on May 9, 2022. Although plot details were scarce, that didn’t stop it from being viewed by nearly 150 million. times in its first 24 hours.
cameron revealed at cinemacon that he was “hard at work putting the finishing touches on the movie.” he previously discussed how the decision to set most of the film underwater is one of several factors that has taken him so long to get there.
“It sounds a little crazy, the process,” Cameron admitted of his plan for the sequel. “I mean, if avatar hadn’t made so much fucking money, we would never do this, because she’s crazy.”
Returning star Zoe Saldana has also been teasing that it will be worth the wait, as she had a powerful response just 20 minutes into the footage.
“I can choke just talking about it because I only got to watch 20 minutes of the second installment just before it ended last year, and I was speechless. I was moved to tears,” she enthused.
“I think you really have to prepare for it, but it’s going to be an adventure you won’t forget.”
As we knock on every piece of wood around us, it looks like the sequel will finally hit theaters in December 2022.
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once the sequel arrives this year, it will start a succession of sequels every two years until avatar 5 in december 2028. but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and focus on avatar 2 for now.
Here’s everything you need to know about Avatar: The Way of Water.
avatar 2 release date: when will avatar the way of water hit theaters?
To cut a long story short, avatar 2 will finally release on December 16, 2022, after being delayed from December 2021 due to the ongoing global health crisis.
The sequel began filming in 2017, but given that the film is a mix of motion capture and live action elements, it’s no surprise that it’s taken a while. In September 2020, Cameron revealed that they were “100% complete” in Avatar 2 and around 95% finished in Avatar 3.
As mentioned above, Cameron said in April 2022 that he was putting the “finishing touches” on the sequel, so everything looks on track for a December release. finally.
Since we have three other movies coming up, Cameron has been working on all of them over the last few years. In December 2021, she revealed that she had already filmed Avatar Part 4 due to the young cast.
“Anything that needed to be done with a specific actor, we did all the scenes of 2 and 3 together, and a little bit of 4,” he told Variety.
“I had to shoot the kids. They’re allowed to age six years in the middle of the story on page 25 of movie 4. So I needed everything before that, and then everything after that, we’ll do more late .”
cameron also said that he might not actually direct avatar 4 and 5, but he did tease that the fourth movie is a “stopper”. “Actually, I hope I can pull it off. But it depends on market forces. Three are in the can, so they’re going to come out anyway,” he told Empire.
“I really hope we get to do four and five because ultimately it’s a great story.”
avatar 2: why did it take so long?
If you want the full story of the sequel’s long and drawn out journey to the screen, here it is. Looking back, it seems almost absurd that Avatar 2 was scheduled to release in December 2014 and Avatar 3 in December 2015.
after delays, filming was supposed to start on avatar 2 in april 2016, but april came and went, and filming never started. in January of the following year, it was announced that work on the motion capture element of the film would begin in August 2017, but it actually began in September.
the announcement of a fourth avatar movie delayed everything, and then everyone was delayed again, with avatar 2 planned for December 2017 (and the rest for 2018 and 2019 presumably). Cameron blamed the “very complicated” writing process for the delays.
then in January 2017 avatar 2 was delayed again assuming it ran scared after star wars: the last jedi was moved from may to december 2017.
The sequel was set for a December 2020 release before Disney moved it back to December 2021 after completing the Fox acquisition, and that brings us to the latest delay.
regardless, cameron has completely relaxed about any delay. “It was a seven-year gap between the Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a seven-year gap between aliens and aliens,” she said.
avatar 2 trailer: watch the avatar the way of water trailer here!
the teaser trailer premiered at cinemacon and was released exclusively in theaters with doctor strange in the multiverse of madness.
was posted online on May 9 and can be viewed again below:
avatar title 2: say hello to avatar the path of water
As mentioned above, Avatar 2 is now officially called Avatar: The Water Path.
Interestingly, back in November 2018, BBC News reported that the four planned Avatar sequels will be called Avatar: The Path of Water, Avatar: The Bearer of the Seed, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. .
cameron later confirmed that these are potential titles and since the first one turned out to be true, maybe these are the titles for the next three films as well.
avatar cast 2: who’s back in avatar the water path?
The main cast of the original avatar is under contract, so Cameron’s stars will be back when he finally arrives.
Zoe Saldaña will reprise the role of Na’vi princess Neytiri, with Samworthington also returning as human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully.
stephen lang is back as the dead colonel miles quaritch, and he will be the main villain for all four films. he said he’ll be able to “really go to town and examine the character in detail” in the sequel (via national).
James Cameron explained: “I’m not going to say exactly how we’re going to bring him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all.”
The actor does not reveal anything about his unexpected return, although he promised that the sequel is worth the wait. “I think [fans] will be delighted and fascinated. Look, there are people who will love this world,” he told ew.
since the teaser, there was a fan theory that one of the na’vi characters is actually quaritch, whose dna or mind was potentially uploaded into an avatar, like jake did in the first movie.
and lang confirmed the theory in July 2022, saying that quaritch is now “bigger, bluer, pissed off”. oh-oh.
Sci-fi goddess Sigourney Weaver will also return as an entirely new character, saying, “Having read all four [avatar scripts], I think they’re absolutely remarkable and worth the wait.”
In July 2022, it was revealed that the character of Weaver would play the teenage Na’vi Kiri, the adopted daughter of Neytiri and Jake in the sequel. “I think we all remember pretty well what it felt like when we were teenagers,” she said of playing a younger role.
“yeah sure. she was 5’10” or 5’11” when she was 11. i had a strong feeling that kiri would be uncomfortable most of the time. she’s looking for who she is. she was glad she was. given that challenge for jim.”
Kate Winslet plays the role of Ronal in all of the Avatar sequels, marking her and James Cameron’s first collaboration since the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. Ronal is the “deeply loyal and fearless” co-leader of the Metkayina clan.
Cch Pounder will also reprise her role as Neytiri’s Mama Mo’at, and Matt Gerald will return as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, while Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) will play the new character General Ardmore.
The sequel will introduce a new Na’vi clan called the Metkayina, led by Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis as Tonowari and also featuring characters like Reya de Bailey Bass and Rotxo de Duane Evans Jr.
Jake and Neytiri also have Na’vi children in the sequel, including Jamie Flatters’ Neteyam, Britain Dalton’s Lo’ak, and Trinity Bliss’s Tuktirey. They also adopted a human child, Miles Socorro, also known as Spider, played by Jack Champion.
“Jake took him in, but Neytiri always saw him as one of the people who destroyed his home and killed his father,” producer Jon Landau told Empire. “so you have all these dynamics in play.”
Game of Thrones’ oona chaplin will play Varang, who is said to be a “strong and vibrant central character” who will span all four sequels.
michelle yeoh from marvel also joined the cast as the scientist dr. karina mogue and we first got to see her in action on set in march 2021. her caption hinted that she will be in avatar 3 too so she hopes she does. play a major role in upcoming movies.
In April 2022, Yeoh said he couldn’t really say anything about the sequel or his role, but he praised Cameron.
“I was very impressed with the work that [he has] done, the work that he is doing, the energy. he is a genius, he is a walking genius. .
fast and fast furious star vin diesel has also added another franchise to his resume by joining the sequels, along with jemaine clement as marine biologist dr ian garvin, described by cameron as “one of my favorite characters”.
There was some initial confusion over the inclusion of Harry Potter’s David Thewlis in the sequel. turns out he will be in avatar 3 (and 4 and 5) but not in the second movie.
avatar plot 2: what will avatar the water path be about?
Along with the title announcement, we got the first official synopsis for the sequel, but it didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know:
“Jake Sully lives with his newly formed family on the planet Pandora. Once a family threat returns to finish what was started before, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect his planet” it reads.
Set around 14 years after the events of Avatar, Sully is now the chief and Neytiri High Priestess of her clan, though the events will focus on her family and children.
“I think the story of avatar 2, and the strength of the story, is what jim [cameron] always does in any of his movies: he writes about universal themes that are bigger than any genre,” producer jon landau explained.
“and if you think about it, there really is no more universal theme than family. at the center of each of our sequels is the sully family. what are the dynamics that parents go through to protect their family?”
We also know that although there will be three sequels after this one, each film will be a stand-alone story with Landau saying that “the journey through all four films will create a connected saga.”
In the mix will be the return of the rda mining operation to pandora, forcing jake to take his family to the “perceived safe harbor” on the reef where they meet up with metkayina.
To really capture the importance of water, Avatar 2 shot its motion capture scenes underwater.
We also know that a custom sign language has been created for the film by baby driver’s cj jones, a deaf actor who has been hired to create a “new na’vi sign language”.
at cinemacon, cameron hyped the movie experience on the big screen. “[We’re] pushing the limits even further with higher frame rates, higher resolution 3D, and more reality in our visual effects,” Cameron joked.
“I wanted our return to Pandora to be something really special. Every shot is designed for the biggest screen, highest resolution, and most immersive 3D available. I think we nailed it.”
avatar: the path of water will be released in theaters on December 16.