With its excellent performance shot, CG backgrounds, and 3D imagery, the original Avatar took over the globe. When it was released in 2009, James Cameron’s bewitching tale became the top-grossing film of all time, before Avengers: Endgame came along. And because popularity continues to lead to sequels, in subsequent years, there will be an Avatar 2 and more adventures on top of that.
The as-yet-untitled Avatar 2, originally scheduled for 2014, is the first of four sequels in the works. We are heading back to Pandora, where the indigenous Na’ vi people fought the ravages of their beautiful lands against human invaders to mine precious “unobtainium.” We also remember, though, that we’ll be travelling underwater for Avatar 2.
But from the sequel to what was once the biggest blockbuster hit of all time, what can we expect? We’ve sent Pandora an early recon mission to find out what you need to know about the release date, title, story, cast, and more of Avatar 2, including its recent delay due to development headaches linked to coronavirus.
When is Avatar 2 going to release?
To put it in simple terms, Avatar 2 will eventually be released on December 22, 2022, after being pushed back from December 2021.
The current delay was due to a slowdown in production due to the worldwide suspension not only of live-acting shooting in New Zealand but also of the “virtual production work” taking place in Los Angeles.
Development began back in early June in New Zealand (but not without furor), so we’re just going to have to hope that there won’t be any more delays in production as a result of 2022. As stated before, a new Avatar movie will be seen every other year until Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028. Ok, anyway, that’s the idea.
If you want the complete picture of the long, drawn-out journey of the sequel to the computer, here goes. Reflecting closely, it seems almost ridiculous that Avatar 2 was slated for release in December 2014, and that Avatar 3 was set for release in December 2015.
What’s going to happen in Avatar 2?
Story details are as obscure as the ‘Unobtainium’ in the original Character, which the human aliens were attempting to remove from Pandora. We do know, however, that around a decade after the first film, the plot will pick up, and that Jake Sully (whose human consciousness has been permanently downloaded into his Na’ vi body) and Neytiri have children now: Neteyam, Lo’ak, Tuktirey. It has also been reported that much of the movie will take place around the seas of Pandora, with a crucial part being played by the newly added sea-faring Metkayina clan.
In an interview, Cameron’s long-term production associate Jon Landau said, “We made the decision for the sequels not to do as most science fiction films do, which is if they want water, they go to the ocean world; and if they want snow, they go to the ice planet.” We have looked at all the wonders that Earth has given us, and we have remembered that we will fly all our lives and not see all the true wonders the Earth has. So Jim made the option to put both of the sequels on Pandora. Our tales take us to diverse worlds, as well as different cultures.
“Of course, there will also be run-ins with the Resources Creation Association (RDA)’s irritating, moon-pillaging humans.” The plot involves Jake and Neytiri and their children in the sequels, “Cameron told Variety.” It’s more like a family tale about the battle with humans.
Who are in the list of the cast in Avatar 2?
Unsurprisingly, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are returning to their performance capture suits to play Jake and Neytiri, while their roles are reprised by Giovanni Ribisi (RDA president Parker Selfridge), Joel David Moore (sympathetic human Norm Spellman), and CCH Pounder (Na’ vi spiritual leader and mother Mo’ at of Neytiri). For Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, whose characters Grace Augustine and General Quaritch both died in the first film, there are also unexpected returns.