After more than a decade of broken promises and production delays, audiences’ first look at “Avatar 2″ is finally here.
Disney’s 20th Century Studios released a teaser trailer Monday for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the long-anticipated sequel to director James Cameron’s motion-capture blockbuster starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.
The brief preview is a triumphant return to the lush and vibrant world of Pandora, characterized by healthy ecosystems, majestic creatures, floating islands and thriving Indigenous communities.
According to the studio, “The Way of Water” takes place more than 10 years after Marine veteran Jake Sully (Worthington) fell in love with Na’vi princess Neytiri (Saldana), became an avatar and relocated permanently from Earth to Pandora. Now, Jake and Neytiri must protect their family and home from dangerous forces threatening their way of life.
Rounding out the main cast of the sequel are Michelle Yeoh, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement and Kate Winslet.
“I know one thing,” Jake says at the end of the teaser. “Wherever we go, this family is our fortress.”
When “Avatar” opened in 2009, it set a global box office record of $2.79 billion that went uncontested until “Avengers: Endgame” surpassed it in 2019. The same year “Avatar” hit theaters, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, Facebook launched “Farmville,” Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s Grammy acceptance speech and the writer of this story turned 13 years old.