New “Avatar: The Way of Water” Trailer Reveals the Battle for Pandora’s Oceans

The second trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is here, revealing an even closer look at the upcoming return trip to the lush planet of Pandora. The new trailer gives us a bit of insight into where we’re at ten years after the events in the original Avatar. The trailer opens with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saladaña), and their family moving from the forests of Pandora to the vast watery parts, where members of the Na’vi tribe have mastered how to ride some of the planet’s aquatic animals much in the same way Neytiri’s tribe learned how to harness and ride the majestic flying banshees.

The new trailer further confirms just how much of Cameron’s sequel will be set both above and below the water, utilizing bespoke technology to capture novel shots and brand-new creatures. The Way of Water required specialized VFX artists who created a new kind of underwater motion capture technology. The look of the sequel’s many invented beasts, producer Jon Landau said, is photorealism.

Cameron has made it plain that The Way of Water is directly inspired by the besieged marine ecosystems here on Earth. The film will find Jake, Neytiri, and their fellow Na’vi people having to fight off a looming threat that hopes to plunder the vast natural resources of Pandora’s waterways and oceans, much in the way the forests were in danger in the original Avatar. 

Returning alongside Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington from the original film are Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. Two of the big-name newcomers include Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet.

Avatar: The Way of Water is due in theaters on December 16. Check out the trailer below.

Here’s the official synopsis for Avatar: The Way of Water:

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), 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.

For more on Avatar: The Way of Water, check out these stories:

New “Avatar: The Way of Water” Images Reveal James Cameron’s Majestic New Creatures

“Avatar: The Way of Water” Official Trailer Reveals James Cameron’s Return to Pandora

“Avatar 4” Has Begun Filming

Featured image: A scene from “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Courtesy 20th Century Studios.


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