Avatar: The Way of Water – The film revolves around Jake Sully and Neytiri, and the dazzling trailer visuals feature Toruk, the flying creatures from the first film, as well as new whale-like creatures.
The teaser trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is now available on the internet.
Over the weekend, the first look was only available in theatres, ahead of Disney-Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. On Monday, though, it went live on YouTube and social media for all to see.
Each of the four Avatar sequels — the first of which, Avatar: The Way of Water, to be released on Dec. 16 — will focus on Sam Worthington‘s Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana’s Navi Neytiri, and their family, and the extent to which they go to keep each other safe.
The Way of Water trailer shows a beautiful video that includes glimpses of Pandora’s vivid blue water — both above and below the surface; Toruk, the flying creatures featured in the previous film; and new whale-like animals set more than a decade after the events of the first film.
Sigourney Weaver as Dr Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch are among the returning cast members, while Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet, who starred in Cameron’s Titanic, are among the big-name newcomers. Cameron’s Oscar-winning Titanic director of photography, Russell Carpenter, is among the behind-the-scenes personnel. The visual effects for Avatar have returned to Weta FX in New Zealand, supervised by senior VFX supervisor and four-time Academy Award winner Joe Letteri.
Cameron’s Avatar, which was released in 2009 and grossed $2.84 billion globally, is the highest-grossing picture of all time. It was also credited with ushering in the digital 3D age, as well as introducing new production tools and techniques in fields like performance capture and virtual production.
Last week, during the CinemaCon conference for theatre owners, the Way of Water teaser video was shown in 3D in Caesars Palace’s Colosseum. Producer Jon Landau announced plans to rerelease the original Avatar in theatres on Sept. 23 with enhanced pictures and sound during that event. “We need to make sure [audiences] get an experience they can’t get anyplace else,” he explained.
The Way of Water is expected to be released in a variety of formats to support a variety of theatre installations, including 3D, 4K, and a high frame rate of 48 frames per second, thanks to Cameron, Landau, and their Lightstorm Entertainment, as well as 20th Century Fox and Disney.