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Avatar: the Way of Water: everything about James Cameron’s new movie | cast, length, budget

The anticipated sequel to the biggest film of all-time is set to be released next week. What do we know so far?

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington attend the world premiere of James Cameron's "Avatar: The Way of Water".
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2022 has one huge film release to go before the end of the year. Avatar: the Way of Water, sequel to the 2009 film, promises fans a return to Pandora with updated special effects. The original film pioneered aspects of film-making that are commonplace today, such as fully digital environments as well as realistic motion-capture technology. Whether the new film can make such a great leap forward remains to be seen.

The original film was the biggest release ever in terms of revenue. It becamethe fastest film to gross $750 million and within 39 days it had surpassed Titanic as the highest-grossest movie of all time, racking up an astonishing $1.86 billion in global ticket sales in less than six weeks. To date the film has made nearly $3 billion.

Avatar 2: The Way of Water is out December 16, 2022.

Who is in it?

Sam Worthington returns as Jake Sully, the main character from the first film. At the end of the first film he permanently transfers his conciosuness inside the body of a Na’vi, the indigineous population of Pandora.

Zoe Saldaña is also back as Neytiri, the daughter of the clan and mate of Jake. Sigourney Weaver returns but does not reprise her role, sintead playing the character of Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter.

New faces include Kate Winslet and Cliff Curtis as the film explores other sides of the planet.

What is the budget?

The movie it’s been in production since 2013, and with a budget of $250 million.

How long is the film?

With a confirmed running time of 190 minutes, 3 hours and 10 minutes, James Cameron has said that audiences shouldn’t complain due to changing patterns of consumption.

“I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours,” he said, “I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonizingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a f-----g break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.”