If you haven’t seen the first trailer for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which debuted at CinemaCon and then ahead of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” you’re in for a treat.
Based on his 2009 blockbuster success, “Avatar” sequel director James Cameron now takes us underwater with some spectacular outer world imagery.
“Avatar: The Way of Water,” set more than a decade after the events of the first film, begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their children), 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.
“I know one thing: everywhere we go, this family is our stronghold,” Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, says at the close of the trailer.
Aside from that, the trailer is short on narrative, but it does hint at one of the Sully family’s children being reared as a Na’vi while seeming human. And much of Pandora’s wonderful exploration takes place in a clean ocean rich with life, including one huge aquatic beast.
The picture, directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, as well as newcomers Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, and Kate Winslet.
“The Way of Water” is the first of four sequels to be produced by 20th Century Studios over the following few years, and Cameron has been working on them since the original film was released in 2009. Countless delays and more than a decade since the first have some questioning the appetite for a new “Avatar” picture, let alone four.
However, the original “Avatar” was a pioneering event that took 3-D technology to new heights and was one of the last of its kind of original blockbusters that grew to huge heights based solely on word of mouth. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won three of them. Following a re-release in China last year that demonstrated the franchise’s enduring popularity, “Avatar” remains the highest-earning film of all time, grossing $2.84 billion globally.