Not too much is known about the upcoming Avatar 2, but if actress Zoe Saldaña’s reaction to the film is anything to go by, fans will be in for an emotional experience.
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Speaking to People Magazine, Saldaña said that after seeing footage of the upcoming sequel, she was brought to tears. “I can get choked up just talking about it,” Saldaña said. “I was able to see just 20 minutes of the second installment, right before the year ended, last year, and I was speechless. I was moved to tears.”
Later in the interview, Saldaña noted that part of the reason for the emotion was finally seeing the underwater worlds of Pandora, which was a big challenge for James Cameron and the team behind the film, and reportedly, a big reason as to why the film has been delayed so many times.
“Jim was finally able to crack that challenge — that whole thing that you can’t imitate water, virtually, through performance capture,” stated Saldaña. “That was just a challenge that he had taken upon himself, and it took him years, and he did it. He did it. It’s powerful, it’s compelling.”
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Set after over a decade, Avatar 2 will follow the next chapter in the lives of Sam Worthington’s Jake and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri as they have now become parents. Their family’s happy and peaceful life will get suddenly upended with the return of the RDA mining operations to Pandora, who in the first film, were defeated and sent back to Earth.
The cast of the Avatar franchise includes Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin alongside a slate of young actors. Returning cast members include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver.
The sequel is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2022