The long-awaited “Avatar” sequel eventually premiered on Tuesday in London, thirteen years after James Cameron initially released the highest-grossing movie of all time.
“The Way of Water,” which takes place more than ten years later, stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana as Jake Sully and Neytiri, who are now parents to five kids.
In the first movie, the indigenous blue Na’vi people fought against human colonists for control of the moon’s natural resources. In Avatar: The Way of Water, audiences are transported back to that enchanted world.
The return of the “Sky People,” as the Na’vi refers to humans, who are after Sully, disrupts their tranquil existence in the paradisiacal jungle. Sully, Neytiri, and their children fled to a remote location in search of safety with the oceanic Metkayina clan in order to safeguard their family and their tribe.
The family must quickly learn how to live in the water in order to survive as their attacker approaches, even though their bodies and talents are better suited to life in the forest.
Worthington said to Reuters at the world premiere of the movie, “This was a labour of love spread out over a decade, so it’s amazing to finally be able to share it.”
Saldana described getting her role back as “emotional.”
Because Jim had clearly raised the stakes for himself, she added, “It was thrilling, but it was also quite scary because everyone was going to have a completely new task to deal with.”
With more than $2.9 billion in worldwide ticket sales since it’s 2009 release, “Avatar” is the most financially successful movie ever.
Through 2028, four “Avatar” films are scheduled.
As a result of having read all four scripts, producer Jon Landau said, “I never had any doubt that this day would come.” However, I think that the enormity of the task—creating this whole new level of detail—was difficult. He added that the majority of the third film had already been filmed.