AceShowbiz - Fans finally are treated to a better look at "Avatar: The Way of Water", the sequel to 2009 blockbuster movie "Avatar". Unveiled on Wednesday, November 2, the first trailer for the highly-anticipated movie discloses stunning new footage of Pandora in addition to teasing an epic war.
Taking back fans to Pandora, the trailer opens with Pandora native Neytiri and her mate Jake Sully cozying up as a family. It also features a deeper look at their Na'Vi children, Neteyam, Lo'ak, Tuktirey and Kiri.
Kiri is then seen having an intimate talk with her father. "Dad, I know you think I'm crazy. But I feel her. I hear her heartbeat. She's so close." When Jake asks, "So what does her heartbeat sound like?" Kiri simply responds, "Mighty."
Elsewhere in the trailer, Tonowari warns, "We cannot let you bring your war here." Intense war scene later flickers on the screen with Neytiri screaming, "It's our home!" Toward the end of the trailer, Jake convinces Neytiri, "I need you with me. And I need you to be strong. Strong heart."
The trailer, which dives into the gorgeous underwater world, showcases director James Cameron's undisputed skill at world-building. It also shows off the film's cast's impressive breath-holding skills as they trained with specialists to be able to shoot extended takes of scenes underwater without coming to the surface for air.
Zoe Saldana returns to play Neytiri with Sam Worthington reprising his role as Jake Sully. Jamie Flatters plays Neteyam, Britain Dalton plays Lo'ak with Trinity Bliss portraying Tuktirey. , Sigourney Weaver, who played a human, Dr. Grace Augustine, in the first film, returns to the franchise with a new role as she plays Kiri.
"The story is about family, about our families trying to stay together [and] the lengths to which we all go to protect each other and protect the place where we live," Weaver told Variety at a screening for her film "The Good House". "It's very much based on [Cameron's] family and his joy in the family; and also, how vulnerable you are when you have children."
Rumor has it that "Avatar: The Way of Water" will top three hours, though the final length is still not public. Back in May, Cameron revealed to Empire, "I don't want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours.... It's OK to get up and go pee."
Just like 2009's "Avatar", Cameron is writing, producing, and editing the upcoming movie in addition to directing. Jon Landau and Peter M. Tobyansen produce, while the story is co-written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno.
Set over a decade after the original film, which took place in 2154, "Avatar: The Way of Water" is slated to hit theaters on December 16.