Avatar had become a global phenomenon when it was released in theatres on December 18, 2009. The movie was directed by James Cameron as it went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
This movie surpassed all the other movies by Cameron including Titanic. Avatar had been holding the top spot until Avengers: Endgame in 2019. However, it regained the position of being in the lead with a Chinese re-release in March 2021. The venture has earned more than $2.8 billion at the box office.
After the success of the movie, there are rumours of 4 sequels coming our way in the future. Fans have been thrilled as they are waiting for over a decade for the second instalment of the movie.
When Is Avatar 2 Going to Premiere?
Avatar 2 is said to premiere on December 16, 2022. The sequel was originally supposed to release on December 17, 2021. However, because of the ongoing pandemic, Avatar 2 and the sequels hae been pushed back. The dates for all the sequels have been released as well. Avatar 3 is set to premiere on December 20, 2024; Avatar 4 is set to premiere on December 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 is set to release on December 22, 2028.
James will be directing, producing, and co-writing all the four sequels. Even the titles for the sequels have been revealed. Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tilkum Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. The news was revealed by BBC News. In 2019, James explained that the titles revealed are among the other titles that are in consideration.
Avatar 2 took its time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, the production kept being delayed until it officially got underway in 2017. In July 2020, James addressed the sequel’s delay in a long message.
“As many of you are aware, due to COVID-19, we were forced into an unexpected lengthy delay in starting the live action filming we are currently doing in New Zealand. What most of you likely do not know is that the pandemic is still preventing us from being allowed to recommence most of our virtual production work on stages in Los Angeles. That work is just as critical to the films as the live action work,” he explained.
James also explained that the underwater motion capture process takes time and patience. He revealed what the team is doing for the sequel has never been done before. The director also explained that it is very tricky and it is what they call optical base which mens that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras.
He further added, “The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, and it creates a bunch of false markers. It’s a little bit like a fighter plane dumping a bunch of chaff to confuse the radar system of a missile.”
New & Old Cast For The Sequel
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington will be back as Neytiri and Jake Sully. Other returning cast members include CCH Pounder will also be returning as Mo’at, Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge, Joel David Moore as Norm Spellman, Dileep Rao as Dr. Max Patel. In a very interesting move, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Matt Gerald will all be back in Avatar 2, despite the fact that their characters died in the first Avatar movie.
Sighourney will not be playing her original character of Dr. Grace Augustine. James explained that she will be playing a different character back in 2014. The director als talked about the long creative history they share from 1985 when they made Aliens. He said, “We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels. Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films.”
The director further confirmed that Stephen would be reprising his role as Col. Miles Quaritch. He said that the character was so memorable int he first film that they are privileged to have him back. James further added that he is not going to reveal exactly how they are bringing him back but its a science fiction story.
He said, “His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.”
Kate Breaks Tom Cruise’s Record For Being Underwater The Longest
Avatar 2 will feature a number of new characters. Kate Winslet, who James notably worked with on Titanic, plays a Na’vi named Ronal. Edie Falco is set to play General Ardmore of the RDA, Jermaine Clement will play marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, Cliff Curtis will play Tonowari, and Michelle Yeoh will play scientist Dr. Karina Mogue. Oona Chaplin and Vin Diesel have also joined the cast in mystery roles. However, we do know that Oona’s character is named Varang.
The sequel will also be featuring young cast members who were revealed back in 2017. The cast members include members of Sully’s family and children from other Na’vi clan called Metkayina. They include Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, and Duane Evans Jr. Jack will play Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at the Hell’s Gate military complex.
Avatar 2 will feature a number of underwater scenes. There were reports of Kate Winslet breaking Tom Cruise’s record for the longest underwater breath hold in afeature film. Kate beat Tom by over a minute. “I had to learn how to free-dive to play that role in Avatar, and that was just incredible. My longest breath hold was seven minutes and 14 seconds, like crazy, crazy stuff,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.