Actor Sam Worthington has finally confided in his experience on the sets of Avatar sequel, now titled, Avatar: The Way of the Water. Worthington played the lead role of Jake Sully, a disabled ex-Marine cast in the Avatar program, in the first film. Although his mission is to acquaint himself with the resident Na’vi tribe and pass information to his superiors, he later changes his mind and sides with the tribe when the humans plan to graze their sacred forest.
After thirteen years of the most successful film of all time, Worthington returns to his best role yet. After a long wait, during the CinemaCon panel, James Cameron revealed the title and release date of the first sequel. For the first time, Worthington went public with his first expressions about the upcoming sequel and the novelty in his character’s portrayal years later.
Speaking to Variety, Worthington said:
When I did the first one, I was 30 years old. And when the second one comes out, I’m going to push 50.
Joking about his age and the gap between the two films, Worthington added,
In the first, I was in a wheelchair, you know. And by the time we get to the fourth and fifth, I might be in a wheelchair by the time we can. It’s great to be part of such an amazing family and to have that longevity.
It was quite a Worthington observation; after all, it took the film thirteen years to prepare for a sequel. But, in defense of the gap, the film’s script and setting obviously justify the time it took for the sequel to come out. First, Cameron cordially worked on not one, but four sequels, filming footage simultaneously to ensure the sequels were released within the scheduled two years of each other.
Also, given that the technology the creative team designed specifically for the underwater sequences is too complex and requires careful execution, it’s no surprise that the film arrives so late. Interestingly, Cameron had revealed earlier that his first Avatar movie has also been in development since. Titanic, but it took time for technology to catch up with his vision.
Worthington calls Cameron’s visionary project ‘wonderful’
Speaking about how Cameron works with his team which he kept together for the productions of the four sequels, Worthington praised Cameron and his creative team, saying:
Jim is a very loyal man, and he keeps the same people on board, but I’m just a tiny cog in that. There’s a great creative team behind it, and from what I’ve seen, it’s mind-blowing and wonderful what they come up with.
After being asked about his expectations for the film, Worthington asked,
It’s a Jim Cameron movie, man, what do you think?
by Cameron Avatar: The Way of the Water promises the most immersive 3D experience and its first images from CinemaCon hint at the same. Avatar: The Way of the Water and its sequel will delve into the Pandora expansion and feature stories from other tribes that reside on the planet, some of which have joined Jake in his fight against Colonel Quaritch’s invasion.
just like Avatar, James Cameron is pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and the cinematic experience with the sequels. Alongside his creative team, Cameron successfully assembled the original all-star cast of Zoe Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore and Dileep Rao, while Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh join as new members.
Avatar: The Way of the Water will be released on December 16, 2022, while Avatar 3 will be released on December 20, 2024. The fourth and fifth films in the series are scheduled for release in 2026 and 2028.
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Sam Worthington Opens Up About Avatar: The Way of the Water: “It’s Breathtaking”