Avatar It’s finally time to head back to Pandora
The new trailer for the long-in-the-making Avatar sequel has landed, and it looks like James Cameron might just have pulled off the impossible once more.
Avatar: The Way of Water arrives in cinemas on December 16, 13 years after the original broke box office records around the globe. The story wasn’t massively groundbreaking, but the visual effects certainly were.
The new trailer is full of breathtaking shots that will have you on the edge of your seat. Whether it’s a battle between humans and Na’vi or a romantic moment between Jake Sully and Neytiri, every frame is an epic spectacle.
Cameron was able to replicate his success with Avatar on a much smaller scale—maybe even without even trying too hard! He’s also been able to make this film without using any computer graphics (though there are some), which makes it feel more personal and intimate than ever before.
In 2009, Cameron reimagined 3D technology for moviegoers, and in the years that followed, every film under the sun underwent a rapid conversion to 3D. Avatar: The Way of Water will revive 3D technology to an even greater extent, despite the fact that interest in it has long ago diminished.
As the name implies, it will carry us far into Pandora’s waters, the planet where the Na’vi people live. The Na’vi flee the disaster that the human species (again!) and its highly superior weaponry have brought to Pandora in the new trailer, which has some magnificent images of underwater fighting scenes.
Avatar: The Way of Water will pick up a decade or so after the events of the first film. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is now a fully-fledged member of the Na’vi people, living a family life with his partner Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) and their kids.
The official synopsis reveals that the sequel will chart ‘the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure’.
The sequel has been given an epic-sized runtime of three hours and 12 minutes – more than 30 minutes longer than its predecessor. Alongside Worthington and Saldaña, the film sees Sigourney Weaver’s scientist Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang’s once-dead Colonel Quaritch returning. Newcomers include Kate Winslet, reuniting with her Titanic director, and Londoner Jamie Flatters.
A third movie in the Avatar franchise has already been filmed, with a fourth and fifth movies in development. Disney will release an Avatar sequel every other year until 2028, so while it might have taken over a decade to return to the world of Pandora.